Smoke alarm statis­tics a wake-up call

Central Leader - - NEWS -

While most Ki­wis have smoke alarms, fewer than half reg­u­larly check them to make sure they’re work­ing, a new AA In­sur­ance sur­vey finds.

The sur­vey polled

1500 home­own­ers and renters aged 18 and over and found de­spite 91 per cent hav­ing smoke alarms in homes, only 44 per cent check them reg­u­larly, while 49 per cent only check them when they beep. Six per cent of peo­ple asked don’t check them at all.

AA cus­tomer re­la­tions head Suzanne Wolten says: ‘‘When you con­sider that in 80 per cent of the fa­tal fires the New Zealand Fire Ser­vice at­tends, smoke alarms are ei­ther not in­stalled or not work­ing, th­ese sur­vey re­sults pro­vide a wakeup call.’’

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