SAVING LIVES: Battery World staff member David Thomas (right) with his grandma Pat Jackson.
SAVING LIVES: Battery World staff member David Thomas (right) with his grandma Pat Jackson.

Going up a ladder is no April Fool’s Day joke

BATTERY World Toowoomba is handing out a challenge to residents that is no April Fool's Day joke - go up a ladder for grandma or grandpa on April 1 and possibly save their lives.

Join thousands of Australians across the nation as they all change their smoke alarm batteries on April 1.

According to Fire and Rescue data, seniors (65 years and older) are the highest fire fatality risk group in the community. Figures collated in the past five years show as many as one in three fire-related deaths have been from this age group.

Battery World store franchisee Howdie Farrar said for less than the cost of a cup of coffee you could pick up a nine volt smoke alarm battery and replace the existing one.

"In the years that we have supported the annual changeover day, alarmingly we have found in the past many elderly people not only had flat batteries in their smoke alarms but many did not have batteries in them at all," he said.

Mr Farrar said given their high risk, it was vital seniors had a working smoke alarm to ensure an early warning of fire and time to escape safely.

"Many couldn't possibly get up on a ladder to change their battery and might not think even about it - for many of us the smoke alarm is out of sight so out of mind," he said.

"According to the Australian Fire Service you increase the risk of a fatality in a house fire by as much as 60% if you haven't got a working smoke alarm so it is a timely reminder for all of us not to be complacent.

"If you know of an elderly person you feel needs a helping hand, then contact your local Battery World store and we will do our very best to help them.

"This is a small thing we can do to look after our senior citizens and say thank you for their contribution to our community over the years."



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