Smoke alarm statistics a wake-up call
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.’’