Smoke alarms can save a life
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