Fire & Rescue NSW is urging householders to change their smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks at the end of Daylight Saving on 7 April 2013.
Install smoke alarms in caravans and campervans now
It's essential for people to install smoke alarms in caravans, campervans and other moveable dwellings where people sleep, following regulation changes from 25 February 2011.
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Find out more about the regulation changes here
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- Residential Smoke Alarm Installation Agreement
Legislation requires all NSW residents must have at least one working smoke alarm installed on each level of their home. This includes owner occupied, rental properties, relocatable homes or any other residential building where people sleep.
Smoke alarms are already mandatory for all new buildings and in some instances when buildings are being renovated.
Smoke alarms are life-saving devices that provide benefits for occupants. They detect smoke well before any sleeping occupant would and provide critical seconds to implement actions to save life and property. Smoke alarms are designed to detect fire smoke and emit a loud and distinctive sound to alert occupants of potential danger.
Smoke alarms have been mandatory in all dwellings in Victoria and South Australia since 1999, with 96% and 85-90% of dwellings respectively in those two states now having smoke alarms. Evidence from the USA, where smoke alarms have been in wide use for 20 years, shows a reduction in house fire deaths of more than 50% in those homes where working smoke alarms are installed. The data available in Australia supports the USA figures.
If you have a working smoke alarm you are reducing the fire risk to yourself and your family.
Smoke Alarms in the home - Better Safe Than Sorry with Henri Szeps
Change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries
Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins and Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons today urged householders to change their smoke alarm batteries when they changed their clocks at the...
Wednesday 30th March 2011
Fire safety and prevention - Smoke alarms in the home
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Fire safety and prevention - smoke alarms in the home brochure (PDF, 236KB)
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