Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a fire at home! Get some life-saving tips here.

According to Vicki Bailey, Smoke Alarm Specialist at AlarmReminders.org.au, “Smoke alarms save lives – but only when they are working. 1 in 5 Australians will experience a house fire in their lifetime. Spending just a minute a month checking your smoke alarms could save your life, and that of your family.”

Vicki says, “Australian’s need to wake up to the danger that they are putting themselves and their families in by not having working smoke alarms. We hope that the initiative will start this revolution.”

Vicki shares the following life-saving tips that you need to know about your smoke alarms:

  1. House fires are more common in the winter months when people are using fireplaces, heaters and other electrical equipment. The time to check your smoke alarm is now. 
  2. The majority of deaths occur between 9pm and 6am, and it only takes around 3 to 4 minutes for a fire to completely envelop a house. While sound can disrupt sleep, scents cannot. A sleeping person is incapable of smelling smoke and therefore cannot detect a fire
  3. Many people make the mistake of deactivating their smoke alarm while cooking or when it starts beeping. You must never do this, as it’s extremely common for us to forget to replace it.
  4. Smoke alarms have a 10 year life span. If your alarm is over 10 years old it needs to be replaced. If you’re not sure how old they are, replace them. Every single Fire Authority in Australia strongly recommends photoelectric smoke alarms. 
  5. 58.47% of people think smoke alarms should be checked yearly. This is wrong – smoke alarms should be checked monthly. 

    For more information or to sign up to the free Alarm Reminders service visit www.alarmreminders.org.auor call (07) 3861 9418.

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