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Don't put the brakes on fire safety

By: CFA Media

Category: Community Safety

  1.25 PM 1 April, 2014

Location: General

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Having your car’s brakes checked may save your life but have you ever considered adding changing your smoke alarm batteries to your annual household maintenance list?

Without a working smoke alarm you are four times more likely to die in a house fire. Despite this, the 2014 Duracell Fire Safety Survey of Australian parents are more likely to have their car serviced than check their smoke alarm.

You can reduce the risk of fire to you, your family and your home this Sunday, 6 April by changing your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks to mark the end of daylight saving.

CFA Deputy Chief Officer Steve Warrington said the statistics alone show the importance of having a working smoke alarm.

“Last year Victoria’s fire services attended more than 3500 house fires, some of which resulted in the loss of lives and many which caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage,” he said.

“Smoke alarms provide an early warning that there is a fire in the home and may be the difference between you and your family escaping safely.”

Victoria’s fire services, together with campaign partner Duracell recommend using long-lasting 9 volt alkaline batteries for smoke alarms and regularly testing them to ensure year-round protection.

“Have at least one smoke alarm on each level of your house and one in every bedroom where someone sleeps with the door closed,” Mr Warrington said.

“We’re unlikely to smell smoke when asleep - a working smoke alarm is needed to wake people in your house if there’s smoke or a fire.”

For more information on the recommendations for smoke alarm usage and fire escape plans visit

Members can also access 'Change your clock, change your smoke alarm batteries' campaign materials and resources via the Template Toolkit. It is located on the CFA intranet and Brigades Online.

Last Updated: 01 April 2014