Firies lend helping hand
Thursday, 4th April, 2019
By Callum Marshall
Local firies have started their smoke alarm initiative in the homes of Legatees as they look to keep the community safe.
Broken Hill Legacy Chairman Mark Winen said the firies’ help was part of a program they’d been running with them for a while.
“Once a year, usually when daylight savings finishes, we get the firies to go around and see all our widows for the month. They change their smoke alarm batteries and replace any smoke alarms that are faulty,” Mr Winen said.
“They also check that everything’s safe in their house, access to get in and out if anything happens.
“It’s great for us, great for the widows and it’s good for the community, and we’ve been doing it for twelve years now.”
Broken Hill Station Officer, John Dunn, said daylight saving was a good time to check on the state of smoke alarms.
“A working smoke detector is a life saver,” SO Dunn said.
“When you go to sleep you’re unfortunately not able to smell smoke, so to have that detector in place is vital to protect you.
“Make sure that you’ve got at least one smoke detector at home, however we always recommend more than that depending on how big it is.
“Now that we’re coming into winter time as well we’re starting to run our winter fire safety campaign.
“With regards to smoke detectors, what we say is that when you go back from daylight saving and change your clock, make sure you change the battery in your smoke detector as well.
“That’s an easy way to remember to change those batteries over once a year.
“And that’s where we assist with Legacy and for those that need the assistance changing their smoke detectors.
“It’s been a good program that we’ve been running for a while now. Good for the community and for us as well.”
He also stressed that people should be aware of hazards in their house during winter time.
“For the Winter Fire Safety campaign, making sure you check your electrical appliances, electrical blankets and all those sorts of things that we pull out at this time of the year,” SO Dunn said.
“Fireplaces especially, check that your flues are clean.
“For gas heaters, try and make sure that they’ve been maintained well and they are clean.
“Also, check for any frayed electrical cords or replace the equipment that you’re not sure of.”