This is the first video blog in a series about keeping people safe during restrictions.
We teach many more strategies to keep people safe in our online training.
Wendy: Do you know where your smoke alarms are located?
Angela: Do you know if they’re working?
Wendy: This is the first video blog in a series about how to keep someone safe even if you can’t get into their home.
Angela: Fire is one of the most significant risks in a hoarded home. A working smoke alarm is one of the ways to help keep people safe. You don’t need to go into someone’s home to determine whether their smoke alarm is working.
Wendy: Even over the phone you can ask the person… Do you know where your smoke alarms are located? Do you know if their working? And if they say yes, ask them to get a broom handle to test it while you listen.
Did you know that smoke alarms cannot tell the difference between smoke and dust? Sometimes people in hoarded homes disconnect the alarm because it beeps too often. It may simply need to be dusted.
Angela: If it still doesn’t work, check the battery. If it’s not a simple fix, and the property is public housing, their housing service officer can arrange to have one installed, even during restrictions.
If they’re in any other situation, Bunnings have a range of smoke alarms available for delivery or click and collect. They could be safer the very next day.
Wendy: This is just one simple way you can help keep people safe even during restrictions.