Saving local lives is cheaper than a cup of coffee

WHEN fire took hold of a local businessman’s shop in 2016, he experienced first-hand the devastation caused by fire.

Now, Graham Cowie (pictured), has thrown his support behind a national campaign to remind people of the importance of smoke-alarms.

One hundred and six Battery World stores across Australia, including Mr Cowie’s Hobart store, are urging residents to put safety front-of-mind with smoke-alarm batteries that cost only $1.

“Early warning saves lives and minimises property damage and a working smoke alarm does just that,” Mr Cowie said.

“They are vital, especially at night because you lose your sense of smell.

“If they are older than 10-years, then they need replacing too.”

National fire services promote 1 April as the reminder to change smoke-alarm batteries, but research shows hundreds of thousands of Australians fail to do this each year.

“Even hardwired alarms need a backup battery,” Mr Cowie said.

“Often the electricity goes out and it can take just three-minutes for a fire to take hold.

“Statistics from the ‘firies’ show that of people who died in a house fire over the past 10-years, more than half did not have a working smoke-alarm.”

Research found people without working smoke-alarms were four times more likely to die in a residential fire.

The Tasmania Fire Service responds to more than 350 house fires each year, with the state recording one of the highest fire fatality rates per capita in Australia.

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