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Working smoke alarms save lives

By: Deb Robieson

Category: Community Safety

  12.04 PM 26 March, 2013

Location: General

Views: 4631

CFA, MFB and Duracell batteries encourage Victorians to make sure their smoke alarms work and to change their smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks at the end of daylight savings on Sunday 7 April.

Last year, Australia’s fire and emergency services attended more than 13,000 residential fires.  In Victoria alone there are over 3,000 home fires each year. 

Smoke alarms provide an essential early warning and time to evacuate safely – but only if they work.

Over the next couple of weeks you’ll see TV and newspaper ads, hear radio commercials, and see messaging on battery displays in major retailers.  Check out the TV commercial below.

Listen to the radio commercial below. 

You’ll also have the chance to chat to your local brigade when they head to Bunnings warehouses to talk home fire safety on the weekend of daylight saving (we’ll keep you posted about which brigades and warehouses are participating).  And keep your eyes open for our Leader community newspaper prize pack competition!

It’s all part of the National Smoke Alarm campaign, a coordinated campaign across six states and territories involving eight fire services.

Without working smoke alarms you’re four times more likely to die in a house fire.  To best protect your home and family, CFA and MFB recommend you:

  • locate smoke alarms in the right places around your home – for example, between each bedroom area and the rest of the house, in each bedroom where someone sleeps with the door shut, and on each storey of a multiple storey home
  • test your smoke alarms regularly (monthly) by pressing the test button with a broom handle
  • replace your batteries each year and when you do, vacuum around the smoke alarm vents
  • replace your smoke alarms every ten years

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

Last Updated: 09 April 2013