SYDNEY, April 1, 2016 – This Sunday, as daylight saving ends, Quell, a leading provider of fire and safety equipment reminds families to check their smoke alarms and replace any expired smoke alarms in their homes. Quell, a registered trademark of Chubb Fire & Security Pty Ltd, a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has over 100 years of fire safety experience in Australia.
Research conducted by the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board found that homes without a working smoke alarm are 57 percent more likely to suffer property loss and serious injury.
“The reasons for a smoke alarm not operating may include battery or alarm failure, both of which require attention and maintenance,” said David Laundry, national consumer manager, Quell. “It’s a good idea to check your fire alarm on a day such as the daylight saving changeover because it is memorable and can help ensure continued protection year on year.”
Having a working smoke alarm in a home can double a family’s chance of surviving a home fire, research by Quell has found. The Building Legislation Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Act 2005 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Regulation 2006 made the installation of smoke alarms in NSW homes mandatory. However, many smoke alarms have a life expectancy of 10 years, meaning alarms installed in Australian homes when the legislation was introduced will need to be replaced this year.
To know when your smoke alarm was manufactured, look for a batch number, which is typically printed near the battery compartment. A batch number of 2406 indicates that the product was manufactured in the 24th week of 2006. Quell alarms have a date of manufacture printed clearly on the base, while some manufacturers now place the expiry date on the smoke alarm.
“Working smoke alarms are the only smoke alarms that can save lives and property, and it is important they are maintained properly,” said Laundry.
To find out more about fire safety, please visit www.quell.com.au.