Smoke alarms give an early warning in the event of fire. These alert you quickly, and give you a chance to get out of the house to a safe location. Remember, only working smoke alarms save lives, so:
A smoke alarm should be installed outside the sleeping areas of your home. For extra protection, you can also install a smoke alarm in your child’s bedroom and in the bedrooms of those who sleep with the door closed. Two storey houses often have sleeping areas upstairs – these must also have a smoke alarm downstairs, near the path used to exit the house.
Be familiar with the extinguisher’s directions before you need to use it. Use an extinguisher if:
Once you’ve used your extinguisher, call 000 so firefighters can investigate. For example, the fire could have travelled up the fan area and into the ceiling without you realising.
Be familiar with the blanket’s directions before you need to use it.