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Why this weekend is the perfect time to check your smoke alarm
End of daylight saving a reminder to turn back clocks and check smoke alarms.
When Victorians turn back their clocks by an hour to mark the end of daylight saving on Sunday 4 April, it’s a reminder to check your home smoke alarms are working.
Victoria’s fire services are asking people to do this life-saving check after recent research showing that the number and location of functioning smoke alarms increase your family’s chances of escaping a fire.
It’s no use having a smoke alarm if it’s not working – that’s the message from Fire Rescue Victoria and the Country Fire Authority chiefs, who are urging Victorians to check their smoke alarms if they are home on the long weekend or before leaving on an Easter getaway.
CFA chief officer Jason Heffernan says in the last decade most fatal fires have started in someone’s bedroom or lounge room.
“We know that many fatal fires start at night and the smell of smoke won’t wake you up,” Jason says.
“We recommend that smoke alarms are powered by a 10-year lithium battery and are interconnected – so that when one of your smoke alarms activates, the others will too.”
As the weather turns colder, Jason says it’s especially important for people’s alarms to be working as the use of heaters and electric blankets increases the risk of house fires.
Fire Rescue Commissioner Ken Block says it will only take a few minutes to clean and test your smoke alarm by pushing the test button. He says all smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.