Smoke alarms save lives

Canberrans are urged to stay safe this winter and ensure their home has a working smoke alarm.

ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Georgeina Whelan said smoke alarms could mean the difference between life and death.

“As the temperatures start to drop in our region, Canberrans will start using heaters and electric blankets which increases the fire risk in our homes – having a working fire alarm is critical to keeping your loved ones and your homes safe,” Commissioner Whelan said.

“Smoke alarms work by alerting residents to the presence of smoke, and are particularly important overnight when residents are asleep and at greater risk of harm if not woken by an alarm.”

ACT Fire & Rescue A/g Chief Officer Glenn Brewer urged Canberrans not to be complacent about fire safety this winter.

“Having a working smoke alarm provides a critical early warning, giving you and your family time to escape safely and increasing the chance of saving your home,” A/g Chief Officer Brewer said.

“Over the past three years, ACT Fire & Rescue has attended 123 house fires where a working smoke alarm wasn’t present.

“Now is the time for residents to make sure they have alarms installed, and that they are maintained on a regular basis to ensure optimal safety. Residents should test batteries monthly, vacuum and dust them every six months, and replace the batteries every 12 months.

“We are pleased to see most Canberrans responding well to our fire safety awareness campaigns, and taking fire safety seriously.
By taking some simple steps, Canberrans can stay warm and safe over the colder months.”

Canberrans are also encouraged to prepare a home fire escape plan for their homes. 

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