Res­i­dents owe lives to smoke de­tec­tors

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SMOKE alarms save lives.

It’s one of the most well-known fire safety mes­sages, but Act­ing In­spec­tor Chris Mar­tial of the Goondi­windi area com­mand said work­ing smoke alarms likely con­trib­uted to sav­ing lives dur­ing a St Ge­orge house fire last week.

“When crews ar­rived, the top level of the house was well in­volved (in the fire),” he said.

“Thank­fully, all the oc­cu­pants were no­ti­fied of the fire in the house due to the fact they had work­ing smoke alarms.”

Af­ter fire set off alarms in­side the home, it al­lowed for the safe evac­u­a­tion of all res­i­dents.

Insp Mar­tial said it reaf­firmed the im­por­tance of hav­ing work­ing smoke alarms in ev­ery home.

“One of the key mes­sages that we try to en­force is that smoke alarms save lives, so it’s re­ally im­por­tant that peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with smoke alarm leg­is­la­tion, which has re­cently changed in Queens­land,” he said.

View the changes on­line at www.fire.qld.gov.au.

PHOTO: MAX­INE HICKS

RINGS TRUE: Smoke alarms save lives.

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