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Working smoke alarm alerts residents to fire in Richmond

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03 Nov 2019
Richmond residents made a safe escape thanks to a working smoke alarm that alerted them to a fire overnight.

More than a dozen firefighters were called to the double storey property on Richmond Terrace just before 3:30am.

Crews in breathing apparatus entered the residence and located the fire in the laundry area. The quick work of firefighters prevented the blaze from overtaking the rest of the home and the incident was declared under control in less than 20 minutes.

The fire is reported to have started in a ceiling exhaust fan.

MFB is urging the community to follow these simple steps to ensure the safety of their loved ones and to protect their property from damage:

  • Smoke alarms should be installed in bedrooms and all living areas, where most fatal fires start.
  • Each month, test smoke alarms by pressing the test button.
  • Each year, vacuum all smoke alarms to clean the vents, and change batteries in any 9 volt battery-operated alarms.
  • After 10 years, replace smoke alarms regardless of the type.
  • Install a smoke alarm in all bedrooms and living areas, including hallways and stairs.
  • Get a smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium battery so you don’t need to change the battery every year.
  • Consider installing interconnected smoke alarms, so that when any alarm activates, all smoke alarms will sound.

 

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For up-to-date home fire safety information please visit: 
http://mfb.vic.gov.au/Community/Home-Safety.html

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