Over the past 10 years, CFA firefighters responded to around 16,000 residential fires.

Of these residential fires, more than 560 resulted in a causality (fatality or serious injury).

Smoke alarm tips:

• We are urging all Victorians to install interconnected smoke alarms in all bedrooms, hallways and living areas.

• New data reveals most fatal house fires start in living and sleeping areas.

• Data also tells us a concerning number of Victorians still do not have smoke alarms in these locations.

• Interconnected smoke alarms work so that when one smoke alarm activates, all alarms will sound.

• We also recommend you install interconnected smoke alarms powered by a 10-year lithium battery.

• Test your smoke alarm monthly to ensure it is working.

• If you have replaceable batteries in a smoke alarm, they should be changed yearly

• Smoke alarm units should be replaced every 10 years, regardless of the type

• Smoke alarms should be cleaned at least once a year with a duster or vacuum cleaner to remove particles that will affect smoke alarm performance.


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