Working smoke alarms make for a safer home
Daylight savings is upon us again and as we grumble out of bed on the colder mornings and watch the sky darken earlier every evening, there's one thing everyone should be doing this time of year.
Check your smoke alarms.
Whether you're living in rental property or your own home, it pays to be stringent about checking these alarms.
Every year, smoke alarms give thousands of families that extra time needed to take action against fires.
In several Australian states, legislation requires a minimum of one working alarm for every level of your home.
For the cost of a smoke alarm and the effort required to protect your family and your home, aim for one working alarm in each room.
For extra protection, fit your home with fire extinguishers and fire blankets and ensure everyone knows how to use them.
Home fires are more likely to occur during the cooler months from May through to September as we pull out our electric blankets and switch on the heaters to keep warm over winter.
If you are the landlord of a residential property, don't forget to look after your tenants and investment by ensuring all smoke alarms are in good working order there too.
Daylight savings will resume on October 6.