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CFA Smoke Alarm Appeal

CFA Smoke Alarm Appeal

Gippsland residents are being urged to check and replace aging smoke alarms

The CFA is calling on the wider Gippsland community to check and replace aging smoke alarms this winter.

As part of a new campaign the CFA are posing the question “Is your smoke alarm ready for retirement”, noting that if an alarm is more than a decade old, it may belong in a museum, and not a homes ceiling.

All smoke alarms have a 10-year life span and need to be replaced or they may not work when people need them most.

CFA Assistant Chief Officer South East Region Trevor Owen is warning the community that out of date smoke alarms could be a liability in an emergency.

“In a fire, only a working smoke alarm can save your life, we believe that some households have never replaced their smoke alarms and that is concerning" he said.

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“The risk of dying from fire is greatest at night when you are asleep. When we sleep we lose our sense of smell. Without a working smoke alarm you may not wake up in time to safely escape"

“If your smoke alarms aren’t working properly, you may miss that vital early warning sign that could save the lives of you and your family"

If you don’t have a working smoke alarm in your home and a fire occurs, you are four times more likely to die and 26 per cent more likely to suffer serious injuries.

“If you do choose to use a 9 volt battery smoke alarm, the battery will need to be replaced every year, a good reminder is doing it every year at the end of daylight savings or at the start of the new financial year.”

For more information about smoke alarms, visit http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/smoke-alarms/.

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