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Firies and Legacy team up for smoke alarm campaign

Thursday, 3rd April, 2014

BH Legacy secretary Mark Winen with Station Officer Steve Evans. BH Legacy secretary Mark Winen with Station Officer Steve Evans.

Fire fighters will be out replacing batteries and smoke alarms for Legacy Widows and the elderly this weekend.

That’s when daylight saving ends, and the firies see it as a great time to remind people to change their smoke alarm batteries.

Over the next month and a half, they will be visiting the homes of Legacy Widows and other elderly residents.

BH Legacy supplies the batteries as well as new smoke alarms where needed. Secretary Mark Winen said the program had been running for years.

“We have 105 Legacy widows in their own homes at the moment. They love the idea of the firies coming in, Mr Winen said.

“It is good for them and for the firies. It also raises awareness.”

Central Fire Station officer Steve Evans said smoke alarms saved lives.

“When daylight saving ends on April 6 and you change your clock, why not change your smoke alarm battery too?” SO Evans said.

“Most people in Broken Hill are up to date, but we can help any elderly people who are concerned and can’t do it themselves.”

Fire Station Commander Steve Evans said it was also important that seniors left keys in, or near, deadlocks so that they can escape quickly in an emergency.

“Don’t fight the fire - get out and stay out and dial Triple Zero (000) from a safe place,” he said.

Mr Winen said the fire fighters also know the best places to put smoke alarms.

“I would like to thank the fire fighters for coming on board. They do a wonderful job,” he said. “The widows are in safe hands.”

Daylight saving ends on Sunday, when clocks are wound back one hour at 3am. It begins again in October.

For more information call the Central Fire Station on 8087 2233.

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