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War widows get helping hand

Thursday, 4th April, 2013

Fireman Sam Carlon (centre) with BH Legacy Secretary Mark Winen (left) and Chairman Rod Horton. Fireman Sam Carlon (centre) with BH Legacy Secretary Mark Winen (left) and Chairman Rod Horton.

It is a practical idea to replace the batteries in smoke alarms when clocks switch back to real time this weekend.

Firefighters said the end of daylight saving was also an ideal time to check the working condition of the alarms which also need replacing every 10 years.

Over the next few weeks, the firies will visit the homes of 200 Legacy widows around Broken Hill to replace smoke alarm batteries, a job which needs doing at least once a year.

BH Legacy supplies the batteries, as well as new smoke alarms where needed, and Secretary Mark Winen said this was the fifth year the program had run.

Mr Winen said it was something they did to help war widows and was in addition to other home safety projects such as installing ramps and rails.

Legislation requires all NSW residents to have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of their home.

Daylight saving ends on Sunday, when clocks are wound back one hour at 3am.

It begins again in October.

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