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Fire & Rescue NSW is urging residents to replace all outdated smoke alarms with the latest photoelectric alarms.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