26 September 2023

New CFA videos show way to smoke alarms

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The State’s firies have raised the importance call for all homes to have working smoke alarms, with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) launching a new series of animations.

Releasing the three-part series, the CFA said the videos highlighted the need for working smoke alarms and explained how working smoke alarms in the right locations could help reduce people’s risk from fire.

Smoke Alarms: What they do shows how a working smoke alarm will alert you to a fire in another room, giving you time to escape the house and call Triple Zero (000),” CFA said.

Smoke Alarms: Why you need them provides two examples of the danger of not having working smoke alarms or having smoke alarms in the wrong locations,” it said.

“In the first example, the batteries in a smoke alarm have been removed and the alarm does not activate in time to prevent serious harm to the residents.”

The CFA said the second scenario showed why smoke alarms were a bedroom essential, reporting “most people who die in fires are found on or next to their bed.”

It said the third video, Smoke alarms: Where to put them, explained the required and recommended locations of working smoke alarms in a home.

“CFA recommends that smoke alarms be installed in every living area and bedroom,” the Authority said.

“For the best protection, smoke alarms should be interconnected so that when one alarm activates, they all will.”

CFA’s animation series can be accessed on its YouTube channel at this PS News link.

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