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Journeys : June July 2009
Time to think smoke alarms: is yours working? Only working smoke alarms save lives! THE Tasmania Fire Service and RACT Insurance are reminding all householders that now is the time to ensure your smoke alarms are in working order. Winter means a heightened potential for home fires. We spend more time inside, there are more electrical appliances being used, and heaters – wood fired and electrical – are keeping us warm. Over the past decade there have been intensive efforts to educate householders about the need for smoke alarms. Each year, these alarms save lives. But what if they’re not working? “...approximately 800,000 Australians admit they never replace their smoke alarm batteries...” “Now’s the time to do some simple maintenance on your smoke alarm,” says Trent Sayers, Chief Executive of RACT Insurance. “The onset of winter is the time to replace the battery in the alarm, and make sure it’s working. If you have older neighbours or relatives, you might like to offer to do the same in their home.” TFS spokesperson Chris Tomes says that smoke alarms provide a vital early warning sign. “Yet frighteningly, approximately 800,000 Australians admit they never replace their smoke alarm batteries, risking their home and family’s lives.” – 2009 Duracell National Fire Safety Report 22 June / July 09 There were over 12,400 residential fires across Australia in 2008. “Now that we’re into the cooler months, we recommend that all Tasmanians change their smoke alarm batteries to long-lasting alkaline batteries,” says Mr Tomes.
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