FIRE Brigade boss Conrad Barr is reminding Canberrans that after enjoying the extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning it’s a good time to replace the battery in smoke alarms.
“It is a good habit to get into to replace the battery in all smoke alarms when changing the clock,” he said.
“With the winter period fast approaching, ensuring the home has a working smoke alarm will alert residents to any smoke.
“Heaters, electric blankets, overloaded power boards and appliances in the kitchen can all play their part to household fires.
“During 2013, ACT Fire &Rescue attended 187 residential structure fires, 12 per-cent of those occurred from Midnight till 6am.
“Having a working smoke alarm alert the house to an overnight fire greatly increases the chance of survival.”
For those in doubt the clocks go back an hour this Sunday morning.