Local brigade to roll out smoke alarm program

Members of the Maryborough Fire Brigade and volunteers will be doing the rounds in coming weeks, knocking on local doors to install smoke alarms and providing free advice on home fire safety.

Members of the Maryborough Fire Brigade and community volunteers will soon be knocking on local doors as part of a pilot project to install new smoke detectors and conduct home fire safety checks.

Volunteers will knock on the doors of around 200 homes as part of the first of its kind project, speaking to residents about home fire safety and installing smoke alarms where required.

A letterbox drop will also take place on Monday, informing residents in the east Maryborough area that doorknocking will take place and there is also an opt-in system available to support vulnerable members of the community who may not be able to install their own smoke alarm.

Among fire brigade members, around six community volunteers will be involved with the pilot project, and all those involved have Working with Children Checks as well as Police Checks.

Maryborough Fire Brigade community safety coordinator Raelene Williams said volunteers will be doing the rounds with 800 smoke alarms throughout January and February, depending on volunteer availability and fire activity.

“We’ve been provided 800 smoke alarms and they’re photoelectric alarms with 10 year lithium batteries, which basically means the life of the battery and alarm is 10 years so after that period you throw it out,” she said.

For more on this story see Page 4 of The Advertiser, Friday, January 17

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