Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Where There's Smoke There's. No Alarm?

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Where There's Smoke There's. No Alarm?

Article excerpt

NRMA Insurance research has revealed around one in six Queensland households continue to risk lives by deliberately disabling their smoke alarms.

The most common excuse (80 per cent) is that the alarm keeps going off while cooking, while others (16 per cent) say they tamper with their smoke alarm because the low-battery warning noise is annoying or because it plays up.

NRMA Insurance spokesperson Frank Adler urged Queensland households to have some common sense when installing their smoke alarms.

"Queenslanders have one of the highest rates of smoke alarm installation in the country," he said.

"But the law is there to help save lives not sell smoke alarms. We need to be sensible when we place our smoke alarms around our homes or apartments.

"Make sure they're near bedrooms to alert you when sleeping and near enough to the kitchen to alert you if cooking catches fire. If your alarm is going off so regularly that you feel the need to disable it, it may need to be relocated. …

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