CFA CEO/Chief Officer Steve Warrington is urging all Victorians to check that their smoke alarms are in working order this Daylight Savings weekend (5 April).
Many of you are at home due to COVID-19 and now more than ever its crucial to check your smoke alarm to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Over the last 10 years, most fatal house fires have started in the lounge room or bedroom. We also know that many fatal fires start at night, and the smell of smoke won’t wake you up.
Some of these tragedies could have been prevented by having working smoke alarms in the right places.
A reminder that this coming Sunday, 5 April 2020 Daylight Saving will end: Please set your clocks 1 hour BACK!
At the end of daylight saving this Sunday, our Steve Warrington asks you to:
- Test your smoke alarm by pushing the button to make sure it beeps
- Vacuum or dust your smoke alarm(s)
- Change your battery, if your smoke alarm has a removable battery
- Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years with a lithium battery-powered unit
After you’ve done your check, please ensure other aspects of your home are safe by:
- Not overloading power boards and power points, and ensure all electrical cables and leads are not tangled or damaged,
- Never leaving unattended electrical devices charging unsupervised and avoid using or charging electrical devices on beds or couches.
- Making sure electrical appliances, such as electric blankets and portable heaters are working properly.
- Installing safety switches and surge breakers to prevent short circuits in your home’s electrical system
Everyone is responsible for making sure they have working smoke alarms installed in their home. Click here for more information on smoke alarm safety.
Remember that house fires can happen to anyone, any time. Only working smoke alarms save lives.
Steve Warrington | CFA CEO/Chief Officer