Smoke alarm safety
- A timely reminder to change your smoke alarm battery when you change your clock at the end of daylight savings and help save lives -
Almost three-quarters of Australians believe they would wake up if a fire started during the night, despite evidence1 that sense of smell is reduced when people are asleep and that smoke may put them into an even deeper sleep.
According to the Duracell National Fire Safety Survey, in the event of a house fire 49 per cent of Australians believe the smell of smoke would alert them. Other respondents highlighted the crackling sound of the fire (39 per cent) and the flickering light (22 per cent) as expected wake-up calls.
The Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer, Mike Brown warns, that people could not rely on their senses to wake them and that household smoke alarms could mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire.
“The high-pitched sound of a smoke alarm activating is designed to wake you and other family members before the smoke seriously harms you. If you’re asleep at the time of the fire, the smoke, which is full of toxic gases, may numb your senses and put you into a deeper sleep,” Chief Officer Brown said.
Despite these warnings, the survey found that only 12 per cent of households tested their smoke alarms each month, and over 60 per cent of households were not replacing their smoke alarm batteries once a year.
Chief Officer Brown said the change in seasons called for even greater vigilance with smoke alarms.
“In the winter months, the risks for household fires are higher, as people use more electrical equipment or appliances such as heaters, dryers and electric blankets, therefore working smoke alarms are crucial in giving households the early warning needed to safely escape a fire in the home,” he said.
In accordance with the end of Daylight Saving, Tasmanian residents are encouraged to change their clocks and their smoke alarm batteries on Sunday 7th April.
The Tasmania Fire Service recommends all residents:
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Visit www.changeyourbattery.com.au for more information
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