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Change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery at the end of Daylight Savings.

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31 Mar 2009
There were over 10,000 residential fires nationally in 2008. Smoke alarms provide a vital early warning sign should there be a fire in your home.

However, they are only able to do so if they work!

Smoke alarms are not much use if they are disconnected, pulled down or the battery is flat.

The MFB and CFA, together with Duracell, are urging all Victorians to change their smoke alarm batteries this weekend because only working smoke alarms help save lives.

In accordance with the end of Daylight Savings, Victorian’s should pencil in Sunday April 5 as the day to change both their clocks and their smoke alarm batteries.

“To ensure their family and home is protected, we are encouraging all Victorian’s to use the end of Daylight Savings to not only change their clocks back, but also to replace the smoke alarm batteries in their homes. We recommend long-lasting alkaline batteries, such as Duracell,” said MFB Assistant Chief Fire Officer Rob Taylor.

“We also urge people to help elderly relatives and neighbours who may not be capable of changing their smoke alarm batteries themselves.”

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The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) recommends monthly testing of smoke alarms to ensure they are working correctly.

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Only working Smoke Alarms save lives.

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