Fire safe (smoke alarms for the elderly)

Fire safe (smoke alarms for the elderly)
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Fire is an extremely dangerous element, and it can kill instantly. Read about steps you can take to reduce the impact a fire may have. Fire safe (smoke alarms for the elderly) canterbury bankstown Fire is an extremely dangerous element, and it can kill instantly. Smoke and flame are both high-risk, and there are steps you can take in your community to reduce the potentially devastating impact that fires can have. Community Safety and Crime Prevention; Community Safety; Fire Safety; Safety

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Almost one-third of people in NSW who lost their lives due to a fire were seniors (Fire + Rescue NSW 2010). Since May 2006, NSW provisions under Division 7A of Part 9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 state that smoke alarms must be installed in all NSW buildings on or near the ceiling where people sleep.

Evidence shows that many residential fires start in the kitchen, and are usually the result of cooking left unattended on the stove. Other common causes of fire include mechanical failure, faulty wiring, and appliances not being switched off at the power point. 

Council takes fire safety seriously and as a result, has partnered with Fire + Rescue NSW to create the Fire SAFE program. This program involves officers from local fire stations visiting eligible homes to install free 10 year battery smoke alarms for residents. 

In order to be eligible for the Fire SAFE program, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Reside within the Canterbury-Bankstown Local Government Area
  • Be aged over 65 years or have a disability
  • Own the property in which you reside*
  • Not reside with a person who is physically able to change the alarm
  • Do not have a working smoke alarm in place

For more information or to register for the Fire SAFE program, contact Council on 9789 9594.

For Fire Safety Tips, visit the Fire + Rescue NSW website or conduct a Home Fire Safety Audit.

*certain exclusions may apply . For example, residents who rent or living in NSW Housing properties need to arrange for working smoke alarms through their landlord.

For more information or to register for the Fire SAFE program, contact Council on 9789 9594.

For Fire Safety Tips, visit the NSW Fire Brigade website or conduct a Home Fire Safety Audit.