Alarms for people on the move

BELLINGEN Council mayor Mark Troy wants travellers to his shire to know it’s now compulsory for people to install smoke alarms in caravans, campervans and other movable dwellings where people sleep.

“There are limited escape options from fires in caravans, so the warning a smoke alarm gives can mean the difference between life and death,” Mr Troy said.

“You have just a few seconds to get out of a burning caravan because they are made of lightweight and highly combustible fittings. Fires can take off frighteningly fast.

“These changes apply to all new and existing movable dwellings where people sleep, which includes caravans, campervans, holiday vans, park vans, annexes and associated structures.”

Mr Troy said the onus for installation and maintenance of alarms sits solely with the vehicle’s owner.

“Dwellings not regularly moved, but still used for accommodation (such as caravans in backyards) are also covered by this change,” he said.

“Smoke alarms cost as little as $15, but will save something more precious than money – human life.”

These changes to NSW law came into effect on February 25.

However, there’s a six-month grace period to August 25 before fines will apply for non-installation of a smoke alarm.

Further information is available at www.fire.nsw.gov.au or www.planning.nsw.gov.au



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