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REALARM Smoke Detector Campaign

Stay out of harm, replace your smoke alarm

A smoke alarm can save lives. More than half of fatal home fires between 2000 and 2014 were in properties without a smoke alarm.

But simply having a smoke alarm is not enough. It must be working properly.

It’s been 10 years since NSW mandatory smoke alarm legislation was passed. Since smoke alarm manufacturers strongly advise replacing them every 10 years, this year Fire & Rescue NSW is urging residents to replace outdated smoke alarms with the latest photoelectric alarms.

Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner, Greg Mullins is recommending that every house in NSW be fitted with the latest photoelectric smoke alarm. Photoelectric alarms provide faster warning – and will keep you and your family safe for the next 10 years. They are available at your local hardware store.

Photoelectric alarms are more effective at detecting the types of fires that are most likely to cause a home fire death: smouldering fires. They are also less likely than other alarms to go off when you are cooking or using the shower. They will say ‘photoelectric’ on the packet.

Fire & Rescue NSW is asking all NSW residents to REPLACE their smoke alarms. You could be saving you or your loved one’s life.

If you need help checking or replacing the battery in your smoke alarm, contact your local fire station and ask about the Smoke Alarm and Battery Replacement (SABRE) program for seniors and people with disabilities.

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