Singleton Fire and Rescue urges public to change smoke alarm batteries

FLASHBACK: Singleton Fire and Rescue members pictured during a smoke alarm inspection in July, 2019.
FLASHBACK: Singleton Fire and Rescue members pictured during a smoke alarm inspection in July, 2019.

The Singleton Fire and Rescue station would like to remind the public that it's time to change your clocks and your smoke alarm batteries.

The risk of a fatality in a home fire is halved if there is a working smoke alarm in a residential dwelling.

In addition to the minimum requirement of one smoke alarm per level, Fire and Rescue NSW recommends installing smoke alarms in all bedrooms and living spaces (including hallways and stairways) and even the garage.

NSW legislation requires all residents to have one working smoke alarm installed on each level of their home.

This includes owner occupied, rental properties, relocatable homes, caravans and campervans or any other residential building where people sleep.

Avoid fitting smoke alarms in or near your kitchen or bathroom.

The ideal position is on the ceiling between sleeping and living areas.

Also have and discuss a home fire safety plan and practice is regularly with those in the residence.

If you need more assistance with a home fire safety plan, please contact Singleton Fire and Rescue station, via facebook, or by leaving a note with your name and a contact number in the station's letter box, as we are not a 24 hour staffed station.