Glen Eira fires spark smoke alarm warning

Smoke alarms only have a 10-year lifespan.

Working smoke alarms save lives.

However, many households have smoke alarms that don’t work or none at all.

Last year, Metropolitan Fire Brigade firefighters attended 69 residential structure fires in the City of Glen Eira.

Working smoke alarms were present in less than half (43 per cent) of these homes. Alarmingly, six residences did not have a smoke alarm at all.

Glen Eira Mayor Cr Jamie Hyams says all smoke alarms have a 10-year life span and need to be replaced – or they may not work when you need them most.

“Only working smoke alarms save lives — without working smoke alarms you are putting yourself and your family in danger,” he said.

“I urge all residents to make sure your smoke alarms are installed in the correct locations — help your older family members and neighbours as well if they are unsure as they must be located between each bedroom and the rest of the house.”

Alarms should be installed in every storey, and those who sleep with their door shut should consider installing a smoke alarm in the bedroom.

Residents are reminded to test their smoke alarms monthly and to clean their smoke alarms and replace batteries each year.