Check the smoke alarm
Daylight savings might be ending later than usual but it is still the perfect time to check or install your smoke alarms.
On April 6, when you turn your clocks back one hour, follow fire experts’ advice and change the batteries. It could save your life.
Firefighters and fire safety experts Wormald say many house fires could be saved by an effective smoke alarm system.
Albany Fire Station officer Peter Kemp says they often attend fires in houses that had taken down their working smoke alarms after too many false alarms.
Call your local fire station and they will help move disruptive smoke alarms to a better position, he says.
Wormald general manager Keith Blind says smoke alarms will only save your life if they are working.
“You should also regularly clean the detector by vacuuming around it to remove dust,” says Mr Blind.
The Fire Service advises people to change smoke alarm batteries once a year and test the alarms every month by pressing the test button.
Houses should have a smoke alarm on every level and in every sleeping room, lounge and hallway.
A variety of smoke alarms are available from supermarkets, hardware and Wormald stores.