Smoke alarms are very important domestic safety devices. Residential occupancies account for most fire fatalities where most of these occur at night during sleeping hours. The risk of death from fire in a home is up to three times higher in homes without smoke alarms when compared to homes with smoke alarms. In Queensland, nearly 80% of all home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms and almost 50% of deaths occur between 12am – 8am when people are sleeping. Smoke alarms are designed to give an early warning of fire so occupants have a greater chance of escape.
Further information on smoke alarms is available by phoning 13 74 68 or visiting the Queensland Fire Emergency Services website at www.fire.qld.gov.au.