Smoke alarms can save a life

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Nathan Paull

ALL that is needed to save lives in the home is a change of bat­ter­ies.

North Queens­land fire­fight­ers will be ram­ming home the mes­sage in com­ing months as they urge res­i­dents to make sure their smoke alarms are work­ing prop­erly.

In­spec­tor Kevin An­der­son s a i d a wor k i n g s moke alarm was the best de­fence against house fires be­fore fire crews were able to get to the scene.

‘‘ They pro­vide an early warn­ing to en­sure all oc­cu­pants get out of the premises safely,’’ he said.

‘‘ There’s no point if they take them off the wall and leave them on the bench some­where. That serves no pur­pose what­so­ever.’’

Insp An­der­son said the Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice nor­mally urged peo­ple to change their bat­ter­ies on April 1 each year, but it was start­ing the warn­ing early to make sure the mes­sage got out.

‘‘ Peo­ple need to en­sure their bat­ter­ies are in good work­ing or­der and the only way they can do that is to change the bat­ter­ies at least once a year,’’ he said.

‘‘ They should also be reg­u­larly clean­ing them by run­ning a vac­uum cleaner over them, mak­ing sure there’s no dust or lint on the out­side that could im­pede the op­er­a­tion of it as well.’’

For more i nfor­ma­tion visit www. fire. qld. gov. au. PREVEN­TION: Sta­tion of­fi­cer Mick Quinn is en­cour­ag­ing home­own­ers to change the bat­ter­ies in their smoke alarms on April 1

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