In 2014 CFA responded to 1,652 residential fires, resulting in 16 deaths and an estimated $50 million damage. In the Macedon Ranges alone, there were 13 residential fires.
Smoke alarms provide an essential early warning and time to evacuate safely- but only if they work.
As you wind back your clocks with Daylight Saving, be sure to change your smoke alarm batteries too! Victorian Fire Services recommend long-lasting alkaline batteries for smoke alarms.
It’s a fact, smoke alarms save lives, but did you know:
Smoke alarms should be cleaned and tested regularly.
Australian and New Zealand Fire Services recommend photoelectric smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms have a ten year life so you need to replace each alarm after a decade. The date of manufacture and/or replacement is displayed on the alarm.
You’re unlikely to smell smoke when asleep (your sense of smell lessens when asleep) – a working smoke alarm is needed to wake people in your house if there’s smoke or a fire.
Most fatal fires occur in the home and can be prevented.
Only working smoke alarms save lives, so take the time to make sure yours are working.