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CFA and MFB launch smoke alarm initiative
CFA and MFB firefighters were out in force at Federation Square this morning, reminding city-goers that as winter approaches they need to check, dust and change their smoke alarms and batteries.
Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll joined MFB Chief Officer Peter Rau and CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone to deliver important smoke alarm safety messages to the crowd.
“The end of daylight savings serves as the perfect reminder for people to check their smoke alarm batteries,” Mr Carroll said.
The fire chiefs highlighted our society’s reliance on modern technology as a key contributor to a rise in electrical fires in bedrooms.
“We’re connected to our gadgets at all hours of the day and night,” Mr Buffone said.
“But these items pose a real danger if left charging unattended, particularly on flammable materials like the bed.”
Last year firefighters attended 3,211 preventable house fires across Victoria, resulting in $74 million dollars damage. Electrical fires were responsible for 22 per cent of those fires – often caused by faulty or poorly maintained appliances or overloaded power boards.
“Don’t expect to be woken by the smell of smoke in the event of a blaze,” Mr Buffone said.
“Only working smoke alarms save lives.”
The crowd watched on as the two fire chiefs took part in a ‘Battle of the Chiefs’ handball competition, and cheered on ‘Junior Chiefs’ as they participated in the smoke alarm race game and other community engagement activities.
As part of the 2016 campaign, CFA brigades are also partnering with Bunnings and other local businesses and groups across Victoria this week to promote key messages to the community on smoke alarm safety.
Bunnings stores right across Victoria currently have smoke alarms and information on display, with CFA brigades also heading down to selected stores this Saturday 2 April to hand out information and conduct activities with the local community.
Bunnings stores CFA will be attending include:
- Caroline Springs
- Fountain Gate
- Geelong North
- Hoppers Crossing
- Swan Hill
- Waurn Ponds
For regular updates on the 2016 Smoke Alarm Campaign, visit the CFA Facebook page.