Smoke alarms up­graded

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Hous­ing New Zealand is up­grad­ing smoke alarms in its 64,000 prop­er­ties to photo-elec­tric, long bat­tery life mod­els.

The New Zealand Fire Ser­vice at­tends more than 3500 house fires each year.

In 80 per cent of fa­tal fires, smoke alarms are ei­ther not in­stalled or not work­ing, its web­site states.

A Hous­ing New Zealand spokesman said fol­low­ing a ro­bust pro­cure­ment and re­view process, the FireAn­gel smoke alarms that are also used by the Fire Ser­vice had been cho­sen.

‘‘The photo-elec­tric alarm pro­vides im­por­tant ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing 10-year smoke de­tec­tion, not hav­ing to re­place bat­ter­ies (which over the long term is more cost ef­fec­tive), and alarms not be­ing re­moved by ten­ants ‘an­noyed’ by the flat bat­tery beep,’’ the spokesman said.

Hous­ing New Zealand chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Paul Com­mons said the alarms se­lected need less main­te­nance and were less prone to tam­per­ing.

The alarms will still be checked ev­ery six months as stan­dard and ten­ants will also be able to test the units them­selves at any time with the push of a but­ton, Com­mons said.

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