Working smoke alarms save lives
When you go to alseep, your sense of smell goes to sleep. Therefore, a smoke alarm is your only method of early warning should a fire occur in your home.
According to the Melbourne Fire Services, you are four times more likely to die as a result of a house fire if you dont have a working smoke alarm. A small fire can grow to involve the whole room in as little as three minutes. A smoke alarm provides early warning giving you time to escape.
All Fire services in Australia recommend a photo-electric smoke alarms and in Western Australia, it is compulsary to have them in every home.
Locating and maintaining smoke alarms:
- Must be located between each bedroom area and the rest of the house
- Inside bedroom if the person sleeps with door closed
- On each floor in two storey homes
- Test smoke alarms every month to ensure correct operation. You can do this by pressing the test button provided on the alarm
- Vacuum around your smoke alarm vents every year to keep alarm clean
- If your alarm has a 9V battery, replace it every year
Remember, all smoke alarms need to be replaced every ten years. When replacing an existing 9V battery smoke alarm, consider replacing it with a photo-electric smoke alarm with an inbuilt 10 year lithium battery to elimintate the need to replace batteries every year.