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Firies respond to the call

Wednesday, 1st April, 2015

(From left) Firefighters Clayton Spencer and Royce Beck with Legacy’s Mark Winen and the smoke alarms they will be installing. (From left) Firefighters Clayton Spencer and Royce Beck with Legacy’s Mark Winen and the smoke alarms they will be installing.

The local firies will be working hard to replace smoke alarms for the Legacy widows and are reminding residents to also check their smoke alarms.

Firefighters will be visiting 110 Legacy widows around the city to replace smoke alarm batteries and smoke alarms.

BH Legacy supplies the batteries, as well as new smoke alarms where needed, and Secretary Mark Winen said this was something they did annually.

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.

“All the Legacy widows are very appreciative - it puts their minds at ease,” Mr Winen said.

“I think they also like the idea of big strong firies walking into their houses.”

Mr Winen said he would like to thank the local fire fighters for giving up their time.

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

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters from Broken Hill Fire Station 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.

They urged local residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the end of Daylight Saving - it could save a life.

Station Commander Matt Hunter said firefighters were happy to participate in the national “Change Your Clock! Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery!” campaign, supported by Duracell.

“Only working smoke alarms help save lives,” Station Officer Hunter said.

“A fire can take hold in just three minutes, filling your home with deadly smoke.

“A working smoke alarm gives you vital seconds to get out before you’re overcome.

“A smoke alarm with a flat battery is just as risky as not having a smoke alarm at all.

“That’s why you should change your smoke alarm battery when Daylight Saving ends on Sunday, April 5.”

FRNSW recommends householders install photoelectric, interconnected and hard-wired smoke alarms.

So Hunter said a working smoke alarm and a home escape plan could save you, your family, pets and possessions in a fire.

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

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