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Time to check batteries

Tuesday, 5th April, 2011

CHECK IT: Station Officer Steve Evans (second from right) with firefighters Tom Schmidt (up the ladder), Graham Craft (right) and Doug Walters (left) make sure the Central Fire Station’s smoke alarms are in working order. CHECK IT: Station Officer Steve Evans (second from right) with firefighters Tom Schmidt (up the ladder), Graham Craft (right) and Doug Walters (left) make sure the Central Fire Station’s smoke alarms are in working order.

After changing your clocks from daylight saving now might also be a good time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms.

Fire and Rescue officers from the Central Fire Station said it was a good idea to do both around the same time each year so that you do not forget.

"Just take a few minutes to test your smoke alarms and change the batteries," Station Officer Steve Evans said.

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

"A fire can spread and engulf a home in a just a few minutes."

SO Evans said all residential accommodation in NSW was required by law to have at least one working smoke alarm per floor.

It is also essential for people to install the alarms in caravans, camper vans and other moveable dwellings where people sleep, under new laws that were introduced on February 25.

"Having a smoke alarm that is not working or has a flat battery is just as bad as not having one at all, and working smoke alarms are mandatory under NSW legislation," SO Evans said.

"If you don't have smoke alarms, don't gamble with your family's life by waiting to install them - do it now.

"In the event of fire, leave the premises immediately and call triple zero from a safe location."

SO Evans said regularly checking a smoke alarm can prevent extra damage.

He also said locals did a good job with checking their alarms. The fire station also helps elderly residents with their alarms.

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