Warwick resident Jill Fraser has her fire alarm installed by Warwick firefighter Shane Cartwright.
Warwick resident Jill Fraser has her fire alarm installed by Warwick firefighter Shane Cartwright. Emma Channon

Firemen call to make you safe

WHEN you think about it – especially if you’re female – seeing a fire officer in his smart uniform arrive on your doorstep is hardly an unattractive proposition.

And he could be there to perform a simple exercise that could one day save your life.

Given the above, it’s surprising more Warwick households aren’t taking up the generous offer from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service to install fire detectors in their homes. And it’s all for free.

Jill Fraser has seen those benefits and has had firefighters check her home for the past four years.

Mrs Fraser said she would recommend the service to anyone.

“It’s a really great service and I’d advise anyone to give them a call,” she said.

“Some ceilings are high and getting up there on a ladder, you could have a fall.

“It’s just about peace of mind. I think everyone should have fire alarms, just in case.”

Warwick senior firefighter Mark Sullivan said the period from April into winter was when officers had the most requests.

“We have a campaign on April Fool’s Day (April 1) that says ‘Don’t be a fool, get a smoke alarm’. And into winter is busy,” he said.

“It’s a free session we provide coming into the

colder months and with people using different heating appliances.”

Mr Sullivan said smoke alarms were useful even when people were not in their homes.

“Definitely when you’re in the home you need it. When you’re sleeping, your nose is too,” he said.

“If you’re away though, and the alarm is loud enough, it might alert the residents next door.”

Mr Sullivan reminded people to ring 000 if they saw a fire, in case no one else had done so already.



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