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Working smoke alarm saves residents in Burwood

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24 Jun 2019
Residents from a Burwood home are lucky to be alive after a working smoke alarm alerted them to a fire in their home just after 8am.

Approximately 30 firefighters responded to the property in McCubbin Street and found the single storey home engulfed in flames.

One of the residents heard the smoke alarm beeping, woke up everyone in the home and evacuated safely prior to MFB’s arrival.

The home was significantly damaged in the incident, however, thanks to firefighting efforts the fire did not spread to neighbouring properties.  

The incident was declared under control less than 25 minutes.

It is not known what started the blaze and MFB fire investigators are currently working to determine the cause.

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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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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