THIS April Fool’s Day (Friday April 1) Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, together with Duracell, are urging all Queensland residents to change the batteries to their smoke alarms.
Last year alone, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service attended nearly 2,000 QLD household fires where 11 lives were sadly lost. Most of these fires occurred between the hours of 9pm and 6am when most families are fast asleep.
“During sleep the vast majority of people do not register the smell of smoke – in fact during the deeper cycles of sleep they don’t register smells at all, but they will hear a smoke alarm, in fact a working smoke alarm can literally mean the difference between life and death,” said sleep scientist Chris Bunney of Home Sleep Studies Australia.
This further highlights the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every Queensland home – the sooner the alarm wakes your family, the sooner you can get them out.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Inspector David Sutch says: “Only working smoke alarms help to save lives, so we are strongly encouraging all QLD households make Friday April 1 the day to change their smoke alarm batteries. We recommend using high quality, long-lasting 9V alkaline batteries such as Duracell to ensure year round protection.”
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service recommend you test your smoke alarm once per month to ensure the battery and the alarm sounder are operating and clean with a vacuum cleaner annually to remove particles that will affect smoke alarm performance, and install smoke alarms in positions that will wake all occupants in the home and give them time to evacuate. Eg: outside each sleeping area with additional smoke alarms installed inside bedrooms where doors are closed at night and along evacuation routes if bedrooms are located upstairs
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