When should you replace a smoke alarm?
Smoke alarms save lives. Check that your smoke alarms are all working effectively this weekend for peace of mind.
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) is urging all Victorians to check their smoke alarms when they turn back their clocks this weekend for the end of daylight saving.
Over time, smoke alarms may not operate effectively due to dust build up, insects, airborne contaminants and electrical corrosion. Checking smoke alarms involves pressing the 'test' button to ensure it's in working order, and cleaning it with a duster, vacuum cleaner or gentle wipe.
CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan says smoke alarm checks are vital to saving lives should a fire occur in the home.
“If there is a fire in your home, a working smoke alarm can allow you to evacuate early and survive.”
“We know that many fatal fires start at night and the smell of smoke won’t wake you up – so ensuring your smoke alarms are working is crucial to protecting you and your family,” adds Heffernan.