Daylight saving ends in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory tonight (well really early tomorrow morning at 3:00 am) when clocks will be put back one hour.

This means in practice when for example it would have been 11am under Daylight Savings it would be 10am under Standard Time.

Change Your Clock Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery

Image: think4photop / FreeDigitalPhotos.netChanging your clocks is also a perfect time to change the battery in your smoke alarm. Doing this one simple thing could be the difference between life and death for your family. I know that sounds extreme … but it is true.

According to the Duracell National Fire Safety Survey, in the event of a house fire 49 per cent of Australians believe the smell of smoke would alert them.  Other respondents highlighted the crackling sound of the fire (39 per cent) and the flickering light (22 per cent) as expected wake-up calls.  The survey found that only 12 per cent of households tested their smoke alarms each month, and over 60 per cent of households were not replacing their smoke alarm batteries once a year. The NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) Commissioner Greg Mullins warned that people could not rely on their sense of smell and that household smoke alarms could mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire.

Commissioner Mullins said the change in seasons called for even greater vigilance with smoke alarms. “In the winter months, the risks for household fires are higher, as people use more electrical equipment or appliances such as fryers, heaters, dryers and electric blankets, therefore working smoke alarms are crucial in giving households the early warning needed to safely escape a fire in the home,” he said

So do yourself and your family a favour … this weekend change all of the batteries in the smoke alarms.

NSW fire services recommend all residents:

  • Install smoke alarms in all bedrooms and in all paths of travel between sleeping areas and exits to the open air, such as hallways and living areas. Ideally smoke alarms should be interconnected so regardless of where a fire starts all smoke alarms in the home will sound to alert occupants at the earliest possible time.
  • Purchase smoke alarms, preferably the photo-electric type that carries the Australia Standards symbol.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries annually with long-lasting alkaline batteries.
  • Avoid installing smoke alarms close to kitchens and bathrooms to minimise false alarms. A primary reason why smoke alarms don’t operate when needed is because batteries have been removed after repeated false alarms. False alarms are often caused by steam from bathrooms or by cooking fumes.
  • Smoke alarms should be supported by a home fire escape plan which is practiced and understood by the whole family.
  • In the event of a fire call Triple Zero (000) from a safe location and wait for the Fire Brigade.

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