Last year, the New Zealand Fire Service attended over 3,700 house fires. In over 80% of those fires, smoke alarms were either not installed or not working. Most fire fatalities occur in homes, mainly while people are sleeping when they can’t smell smoke. Smoke alarms are the best possible defence you and your family have from dying in a fire.
The New Zealand Fire Service recommends you install long-life photoelectric type smoke alarms in your home. They may be a bit more expensive, but the benefits are significant:
• they provide a minimum of 10 years smoke detection
• they remove the frustration of fixing the 'flat battery beep' at inconvenient times
• the cost of replacement batteries for standard alarms means the long-life one effectively pays for itself over its lifetime
• elderly don't have to scale ladders to replace batteries annually
But, at a minimum, you should install one standard photoelectric alarm in the hallway closest to the bedrooms.