Check smoke alarms this Sunday

THE end of daylight saving on Sunday means more than simply changing your clocks.

Firefighters say that’s also the time when you should also check your smoke alarms.

“When you change your clocks on Sunday just take a few minutes to test your smoke alarms and change the batteries,” said Coffs Harbour Fire Station commander Matthew Malone.

“Working smoke alarms and a home escape plan could save you, your family, pets and possessions in a fire.

“A fire can spread and engulf a home in just a few minutes. The smoke alarm’s high-pitched sound is designed to alert occupants in the home and give them as much time as possible to escape, using their home escape plan.”

Mr Malone said all residential accommodation in NSW was required by law to have at least one working smoke alarm on each floor.

“Having a smoke alarm that is not working or has a flat battery is just as risky as not having one at all and legislation requiring smoke alarms is mandatory,” he said.

“If you don’t have smoke alarms, don’t gamble with your family’s life by waiting to install them. Do it now.”

Coffs Harbour firefighters will drive home this message during information sessions at Bunnings Warehouse on Saturday from 12.30pm.

The store is at the corner of Isles Drive and Englands Road.

For more information on smoke alarms, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au or contact Coffs Harbour Fire Station on 6651 6891.



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