Check the smoke alarm

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

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.

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