Time to ReAlarm

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES & SERVICES - Janita Singh

THERE is no doubt a work­ing smoke alarm saves lives.

More than half of fa­tal home fires are at prop­er­ties with­out a work­ing smoke alarm, ac­cord­ing to Fire & Res­cue NSW fig­ures.

As part of its re­cent ReAlarm cam­paign, home­own­ers are en­cour­aged to not only change bat­ter­ies and check if a smoke alarm works, but also re­place any unit more than 10 years old.

Fire & Res­cue NSW is urg­ing res­i­dents to re­place all out­dated smoke alarms with the lat­est pho­to­elec­tric alarms.

It’s been 10 years since NSW manda­tory smoke alarm passed.

Fire & Res­cue NSW Com­mis­sioner Greg Mullins says the start of day­light sav­ings is an ideal time to check your smoke alarms.

Mullins says home­own­ers should not for­get that it is a le­gal re­quire­ment in NSW for ev­ery home to have at least one work­ing smoke alarm.

Fire & Res­cue NSW also rec­om­mends in­stalling smoke alarms in all rooms where peo­ple sleep and in hall­ways lead­ing to sleep­ing ar­eas.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Olleren­shaw from Fire & Res­cue NSW says a fire can take hold in just three min- leg­is­la­tion was utes, filling your home with deadly smoke.

“And a work­ing smoke alarm gives you vi­tal sec­onds to get out be­fore you’re over­come with smoke,” he says.

“You’re twice as likely to die in a home fire if you don’t have a work­ing smoke alarm.

“When you are asleep, you won’t smell smoke from a fire. The ma­jor­ity of these deadly fires oc­cur be­tween mid­night and 6am (when peo­ple are usu­ally asleep).

“Stay out of harm, re­place your smoke alarms and ReAlarm your home against fire,” Olleren­shaw adds. For de­tails see: fire.nsw.gov.au

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