The State Government is encouraging households to prevent fire risks, with figures showing West Australians failed to maintenance smoke alarms at their properties.
The Government says only 50% of properties where accident fires occurred has a working smoke alarm, with 75% West Australians unaware the need of testing and cleaning smoke alarms to ensure they can detect fire.
Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan is urging residents to take immediately action, warning that lives will be at risk if critical smoke alarm maintenance is ignored.
“Smoke alarm legislation has been in place for over 20 years in Western Australia but research shows few people are aware of the importance of keeping an alarm clean,” Mr Logan said.
“Smoke alarms clogged with dust, insects and other particles can make the alarm less sensitive, meaning it will take longer to detect the presence of deadly smoke.”
“Only a working, well maintained smoke alarm can save lives. It could be the difference between a close call and a tragedy.”
“Please take the opportunity this weekend to check and clean your smoke alarms.”
Department Of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm says the number of accidental fires in residential properties are up 6% this year to 199 cases.
He suggests residents to check whether their smoke alarm is working properly.
“Between June and August last year, firefighters battled 199 accidental residential fires across the State, up nearly six per cent from the previous year,” Mr Klemm said.
“When you are asleep you lose your sense of smell – a working, well maintained smoke alarm gives you and your family the best chance to wake up and escape safely.
“Don’t become a statistic this winter and please take the time now to check your smoke alarm is working, as your life might count on it.”