DFES reminds West Australians to check and test household smoke detectors monthly after concerning survey
It’s that time of the year when you’re reminded not to be a fool and test your smoke detectors after shocking figures in a recent survey.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services revealed 43 per cent of respondents had not tested their smoke alarms in the past year, while only 13 per cent had completed a check in the past month.
The findings were released to coincide with DFES’ annual ‘Don’t be a fool, check your smoke alarm’ April Fool’s Day campaign.
The survey also revealed more than half of West Aussies — 57 per cent — were unaware they must replace their smoke alarm every 10 years.
DFES responded to 724 residential structure fires in 2021, with electrical faults and unattended heat sources found to be the most common causes.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said working smoke alarms gave people early warning of residential fires and regular maintenance was crucial.
“You need to test your smoke alarm every month by pressing the test button down until you hear a loud alert tone. You should remove any build-up of dust and cobwebs with a vacuum cleaner every six months,” he said.
For more information on how to install, maintain and inspect smoke alarms, visit the DFES website at www.dfes.wa.gov.au/smokealarms.
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