The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) and Duracell are
reminding all Queenslanders there is a serious side to April Fool's Day
-- April 1 is also the day to change all smoke alarm batteries because
only working smoke alarms help save lives.
QFRS Commissioner Lee Johnson said while most people are aware of the silent and deadly affects of smoke inhalation many underestimate the vital role smoke alarms play in alerting people in the event of a fire.
"In order to escape from a fire people need to be awake but smoke alarms can only provide the necessary warning signs if they are in working order -- they're not much use if they're disconnected, pulled down or the battery is flat," Mr Johnson said.
"That's why it's vital that all Queenslanders use April 1 as the day to change their smoke alarm battery and make sure they are working."
Last year there were over 1850 residential fires nationally with most house fires take place during the night between 9pm and 6am.
Alarming research released in the 2009 Duracell National Fire Safety Report revealed that one in five Australians take down or remove the battery of their smoke alarm when it's accidentally triggered by cooking.
"Sadly many Queenslanders lose their lives as a result of not having working smoke alarms. It's tragic when you think these lives could have been saved for as little as five dollars - the price of a long-lasting Duracell alkaline battery."
IMPORTANT SMOKE ALARM FACTS:
* Smoke alarm batteries should be replaced with long-lasting alkaline batteries every 12 months on April 1.
* Smoke alarms should be tested monthly to see if they work by pressing the test button with a broom handle.
* Smoke alarms should be vacuumed every six months to clean the vents.
* Smoke alarms should be installed outside sleeping areas and on each level of a house.
* People who sleep with their door closed should have a smoke alarm in their room.
* Avoid locating smoke alarms near cooking appliances and bathrooms as the smallest amount of smoke or steam can activate them.
* In a rental property it is the tenant's responsibility to regularly clean and test a smoke alarm.
* People with a hearing impairment need to be alerted by vibrating pads or a strobe light in the event of a fire.
Visit www.changeyourbattery.com.au or call 1300 369 003
Don't be a fool, change your smoke alarm battery
01 April throughout Queensland
Contact: Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and Duracell
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