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Working smoke alarm alerts resident to Brunswick West fire

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15 Nov 2018
A woman is in hospital following an early morning fire in Brunswick West.

Crews were called to the blaze at a two storey duplex on Fitzgibbon Ave, about 1.45am and arrived to find smoke issuing and smoke alarms operating.

The female occupant had been alerted to the fire by the smoke alarms and had self-evacuated prior to MFB’s arrival.

More than 20 firefighters in Breathing Apparatus battled the blaze as it spread from the ground floor to the upper level and into the roof of the duplex and managed to get it under control in under two hours.

MFB Assistant Chief Fire Officer Marty Braid said smoke alarms are a vital early warning system which could save lives.

 “This incident is a timely reminder to all community members to ensure their smoke alarms will be working when they need it most,” he said.  

By law, all residential homes must be fitted with working smoke alarms.

All smoke alarms have a life span and must be replaced at least every ten years.

For more information about smoke alarms visit

Smoke alarm tips:


  • Only working smoke alarms save lives.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button
  • Vacuum smoke alarms every 12 months to clean the vents.
  • Smoke alarms need to be replaced every ten years regardless of the type
  • Install a smoke alarm outside the sleeping areas on every level of a house.
  • Install an extra smoke alarm in bedrooms if people sleep with their doors closed.
  • All fire services in Australia recommend that homes be fitted Australian Standards approved photo-electric smoke alarms with an inbuilt ten year lithium battery. This will eliminate the need to change the battery every year.
  • Smoke alarms must be located between each bedroom area and the rest of the house.
  • All residential tenants are responsible for regularly cleaning and testing smoke alarms in their homes and to report any faults to the landlord or agent.


















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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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