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Working smoke alarm saves residents from fire in Balwyn North

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01 Jun 2019
Four people are alive and well today after a working smoke alarm alerted them to a fire in their Balwyn North home overnight.

MFB firefighters were called to Longview Road shortly after 1am.  The residents were woken up by smoke alarms, quickly dialled Triple Zero (000) and evacuated the home safely.

Firefighters arrived on scene within minutes and entered the building wearing breathing apparatus to protect them from the smoke.

They quickly located the fire and brought it under control in just five minutes.
MFB Commander Craig Morris said that without the life-saving piece of equipment, the consequences could have been disastrous.

“These residents are alive today because they had a working smoke alarm,” said Commander Morris. 

“Every second counts during an emergency, and as we saw overnight a working smoke alarm can provide vital early warning, which prevented a devastating outcome in this case.

“Please take the time to test your smoke alarms monthly to ensure they’ll work when you need them most.

“This is a crucial piece of equipment which can save your life and keep your loved ones safe.”

Firefighters believe the blaze began in the kitchen.


MFB is urging the community to follow these simple steps to ensure the safety of their loved ones and to protect their property from damage:

  • Smoke alarms should be installed in bedrooms and all living areas, where most fatal fires start.
  • Each month, test smoke alarms by pressing the test button.
  • Each year, vacuum all smoke alarms to clean the vents, and change batteries in any 9 volt battery-operated alarms.
  • After 10 years, replace smoke alarms regardless of the type.
  • Install a smoke alarm in all bedrooms and living areas, including hallways and stairs.
  • Get a smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium battery so you don’t need to change the battery every year.
  • Consider installing interconnected smoke alarms, so that when any alarm activates, all smoke alarms will sound.

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For up-to-date home fire safety information please visit: 
http://mfb.vic.gov.au/Community/Home-Safety.html 
 

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