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Silence is deadly

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Did you know that many fatal fires start at night and the smell of smoke won't wake you up?

CFA and FRV have developed the Silence is Deadly campaign to remind Victorians to install smoke alarms in all bedrooms and living areas.

Recent research reveals that only 16% of Victorians have smoke alarms in their bedrooms and many are confused or unsure about their usage, location and maintenance.

Smoke alarms should be installed in every living area and bedroom, including in hallways and stairs between floors. This increases the opportunity that a fire will be detected more quickly and will give your family the best chance of escape.

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You should also consider installing interconnected smoke alarms so that when any alarm activates all smoke alarms sound.

Research also tells us that almost all children do not wake to the sound of a smoke alarm. This makes it important that adults in the home can hear them. In modern homes where the parent's bedroom is often in another part of the house, they may not hear the smoke alarm in the children's bedrooms.

Interconnection means that the smoke alarms communicate with each other so that if one smoke alarm activates in one room all the smoke alarms activate, making it more likely that everyone will have the best chance of getting out before they are overcome by smoke.

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