You can pick up a smoke alarm for less than $30 and it's a no brainer as to why they're needed. So why are they something that are often last on our minds?
Prioritise a smoke alarm check today. If your smoke alarm is old, broken or just hasn't been checked for a while, then make sure you check it. The batteries need to be changed at least once a year. It's easy to remember if you do it when you adjust your clock for daylight savings - that's this Sunday April 2nd!
Add a note to your diary or phone, text your housemate/partner/parents or, if you live alone, tell a friend to remind you if you think you'll keep forgetting. It will also remind them to check theirs too.
Yes, sometimes it seems like the smallest thing sets off your smoke alarm - but that is the point. The smallest thing can also start a fire. It may just be a burnt piece of sourdough this time, but next time it could be a tea towel or similar - and it could be life-threatening.
If you don't have a working smoke alarm installed in your home, and a fire occurs:
*You are 57 per cent more likely to suffer property loss and damage
*You are 26 per cent more likely to suffer serious injuries
*You are four times more likely to die