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Monday 30 March 2015

Special Edition 129

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Change your Clock

The end of daylight saving is on Sunday 5 April.
South Australia’s fire services are once again reminding everyone to change their smoke
alarm batteries when they change their clocks back to standard time.
Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) Commander of Community Safety and Resilience, Greg Howard, reminds
us that smoke alarm batteries should be changed every year so that the smoke alarm has the
power it needs to do its job.
“When changing your clocks back it’s traditionally the best time to replace the batteries in
smoke alarms to ensure you hear the alarms sounding in the event of a house fire.”
“When changing the batteries, it’s also the perfect time to check the age of your smoke alarms.
It’s an easy thing to do as the Australian Standard requires that they all have a date stamp printed on
them. Regardless of their power source, all smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years as they
become less reliable,” MFS Commander Howard said.
CFS Director Preparedness Operations Leigh Miller said most people aren’t aware that when you go to
sleep, so does your sense of smell.
“This is why it’s so critical to have a working smoke alarm to give you the time you need to escape a
house fire. It only takes a few moments to change the batteries and check the age to ensure that
the first step in your home fire escape plan is taken care of,” Mr Miller said.
The MFS and CFS recommend that when you replace old smoke alarms you upgrade from the
basic minimum required by law.
Contact your electrician to upgrade your smoke alarms with:
• smoke alarms that comply with Australian Standard 3786
• photo-electric smoke alarms that are connected to the mains power supply (i.e. hard wired)
• smoke alarms in all sleeping areas, in passageways leading to sleeping areas and in living areas; and
• smoke alarms that are all interconnected with one another.








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