Queenslanders are urged to be smart about their safety this April Foolâ€™s Day and change their homeâ€™s smoke alarm batteries.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche said it was important that residents took the time to ensure their smoke alarms were working. â€œIt only takes a few minutes to change your smoke alarm batteries and test the alarms, but it could save your life,â€ Mr Roche said.
â€œWorking smoke alarms let you know if there is a fire and maximise your chance of getting out of your home in time. They also help to minimise damage to your property by giving you an early warning so that you can call Triple Zero (000).â€ Mr Roche said research had shown working smoke alarms more than halved the risk of death in a house fire.