Don’t Be a Fool, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery on April 1st – Love Local News

Don’t Be a Fool, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery on April 1st

After a harrowing 12 months of residential fires across the state, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) and Duracell are hoping their annual “Don’t be a fool, Change your smoke alarm battery” campaign will be received with pro-active force this year.

The QFRS attended 1,912 residential fires in 2011 and QFRS Inspector David Sutch said Queenslanders needed to realise the fires they see reported on the news could occur in their own homes.

“The grim reality is that residential fires caused 27 fatalities in Queensland last year. These terrible incidences and others highlight the importance of preventative safety measures, however we continue to see many cases where smoke alarms have failed to activate as a result of removed batteries or poor maintenance,” he said.

Inspector Sutch said he hoped the annual “Don’t be a Fool” campaign would encourage people to take preventative action for the sake of their own safety and the safety of their loved ones and change their smoke alarm batteries on April 1st if possible.

“It takes less than 5 minutes to change a smoke alarm battery and when you weigh that up with the life that could be saved in doing so it’s certainly time well spent,” he said.

QFRS recommends the use of photoelectric smoke alarms and warns that not changing smoke alarm batteries and failing to maintain smoke alarms can be just as deadly as not having a smoke alarm at all.

The QFRS recommends:
Test  your photoelectric smoke  alarm  monthly  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;
Replace  the  battery  annually.  Duracell and QFRS recommend  replacing with  a
long-lasting 9v alkaline battery;
If  you  live  in  a  rental  property,  call  your  rental  property  manager  and ensure you have correctly installed, maintained and working smoke alarms; and
Install photoelectric smoke  alarms  in  positions  that  will  wake  all  occupants  in the home and give them time to evacuate, for example, 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.

The “Don’t be a Fool, Change  Your  Smoke  Alarm  Battery” campaign  is  supported  by Duracell. Visit or for more information on where to place smoke alarms in your home.

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