Campaign targets foolish behaviour
FIVE minutes is all that could stand between life and death.
And you would be a fool not to heed the warning.
After a harrowing 12 months of residential fires across the state, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) and Duracell are hoping their annual "Don't be a fool, Change your smoke alarm battery" campaign will be received with pro-active force this year.
The QFRS attended 1912 residential fires in 2011 and QFRS Inspector David Sutch said Queenslanders needed to realise the fires they see reported on the news could occur in their own homes.
"The grim reality is that residential fires caused 27 fatalities in Queensland last year," Inspector Sutch said.
"These terrible incidences and others highlight the importance of preventative safety measures, however we continue to see many cases where smoke alarms have failed to activate as a result of removed batteries or poor maintenance."
Inspector Sutch said he hoped the annual "Don't be a Fool" campaign would encourage people to take preventative action for the sake of their own safety and the safety of their loved ones and change their smoke alarm batteries on April 1st.
"It takes less than 5 minutes to change a smoke alarm battery and when you weigh that up with the life that could be saved in doing so it's certainly time well spent," he said.
QFRS recommends the use of photoelectric smoke alarms and warns that not changing smoke alarm batteries and failing to maintain smoke alarms can be just as deadly as not having one at all.