Monthly Fire Safety Tip

Change Your Clocks! Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries!

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On Sunday 4th of April when you turn your clocks back, the fire services recommend that you also change your smoke alarm batteries and back-up batteries.

Changing smoke alarm batteries as daylight saving ends is an Australian tradition that’s too important to ignore.

Statistics show that nearly half of all significant house fires in South Australia involve homes where smoke alarms had been disabled, or the batteries had gone flat.

With an average of 64 Australians dying in preventable house fires each year and up to 2,000 people receiving burns, changing smoke alarm batteries is the best way to give you and your family early warning to evacuate safely.

At the same time, the fire services recommend that you check the age of your smoke alarms.

No matter what type of smoke alarms are installed or how they are powered (battery or 240 volt mains powered) after 10 years they're too old to rely on. They can take longer to respond to smoke, or might not even work at all. 

Don't take a chance. This year instead of just replacing your smoke alarm batteries at the end of daylight saving, check the age of your smoke alarms first and replace them if they are 10 years or older.

The fire services recommend that when you replace old smoke alarms you upgrade from the basic minimum required by law.

Contact your electrician to upgrade your smoke alarms with:

  • smoke alarms that comply with AS3786;
  • photo-electric smoke alarms that are connected to the mains power supply (ie hard wired)
  • smoke alarms in all bedrooms, in passageways leading to bedrooms and in living areas; and
  • smoke alarms that are all interconnected with one another.

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