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Change your clock, change your smoke alarm campaign

By: Mick Bourke

  12.00 AM 29 March, 2010

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We're approaching the end of the tenth annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery campaign, and it's a good opportunity to reflect on all the great work done by CFA over the last decade.

The Change Your Clock campaign is simple and effective; we ask you to change the battery in your smoke alarm when you adjust your clocks at the end of Daylight Saving.

You may have seen the piece from Chief Officer Russell Rees last Friday in the Herald Sun, in which he mentioned looking out for those around you who might appreciate a helping hand to change their smoke alarm battery.

A battery for your smoke alarm costs less than ten dollars, and a working smoke alarm has been shown to reduce the likelihood of death in a house fire by 60 per cent.

Thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, this has become one of CFA's most successful campaigns.

Members have been working with their local papers to spread the message about the importance of working smoke alarms, as part of a state wide media campaign that covers television, radio, print and online.

Over 13,000 Duracell batteries have been distributed to vulnerable members of the community by CFA and MFB, and some CFA members will be spending part of their Easter weekend outside various Bunnings stores to distribute fire safety information and reminding people to change their smoke alarm batteries.

The message is still more important than ever - last year 22 lives were lost to household fires in Victoria.

If you get a chance to take time off this Easter I hope you can enjoy a safe holiday, and please make sure that you and everyone you know change the battery in their smoke alarms on 4 April.

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