When should I check my smoke alarms?

Test all your smoke alarms every month to make sure they are working. All smoke alarms hard-wired or battery operated, are manufactured to a standard that requires them to have an effective life of 10 years. After this time, their efficiency can be compromised or they may malfunction. The use by date, or date of manufacture, should be stamped on the alarm, so check this yearly when you change your batteries. If any of your alarms are 10 years old replace them straight away. More information

How do I test my smoke alarms to see if they are working?

It’s fast and easy to test all your smoke alarms and there is no need to climb a ladder. Use a can of our Aerosol Smoke Alarm and Detector Tester – if it beeps, the batteries are good, if not change them immediately. This aerosol smoke alarm and detector tester is designed for testing Ionisation and Photoelectric type smoke alarms. These can deliver over 200 sprays and allows easy testing of smoke alarms. Spray to smoke alarm for 1-2 seconds from a distance of 1-2 metres, alarm will activate within 10 secs if operating properly Also, keep your alarms clean by givingRead More

Which type of smoke alarm should I install?

Fires can start in many different ways, and are often unpredictable, so installing both ionisation and photoelectric smoke alarms is the best choice for your protection. Because many residential fires begin by smouldering, photoelectric smoke alarms provide the best overall protection, so if you decide to only install one type of smoke alarm, we recommend you choose photoelectric. More information

How often should I check smoke alarm batteries?

When you change your clock at the end of daylight savings, change your smoke alarm batteries too. All smoke alarms, whether ionised or photoelectric, hard-wired or battery operated, are manufactured to a standard that requires them to have an effective life of 10 years. After this time, their efficiency can be compromised or they may malfunction. More information

How do I evacuate babies from a childcare centre?

Med Sled Infant Insert provides a safe and comfortable method for evacuating your most delicate patients. The insert can hold up to 3 Infants. The Insert fits inside an MS36 Med Sled for transportation. This device eliminates the need to carry the child. More information

How do I evacuate someone who cannot sit down?

Evacuation Sleds are devices that can easily evacuate a non-ambulatory person down multiple flights of stairs quickly and safely. They allow staff to transport patients 2 – 3 times their own weight with no lifting as they use a roll and drag method of movement. More information

How do I evacuate disabled staff when lifts cannot be used?

Install a powered stair climber that can help make sure that people with limited mobility are able to get up and down stairs properly. Stair climbers aren’t just beneficial for people who have difficulty getting around. They also help emergency responders who report to the scene when a lift breaks and people have to be moved within a building. More information

How do I get disabled people down stairs in an emergency?

We believe that the use of evacuation chairs can help meet the needs of occupants with mobility disabilities when correctly implemented, but consideration for their use must extend to the need for appropriate training, inclusion of their use into emergency plans, evacuation drills and maintenance & inspection programs. More information

How can I protect myself from bushfire smoke?

To protect yourself and others from the adverse health effects of smoke inhalation, the best thing you can do is limit your exposure. Wearing a mask to protect yourself from bushfire smoke can be effective, depending on the quality of the equipment you use. Bandannas and ordinary paper dust masks do not provide adequate protection for your lungs as they fail to filter out the fine particles in bushfire smoke that cause the damage. More information

How can I be safe when evacuating my apartment?

While a sound emergency evacuation plan is vital, and should include provisions for those who may need assistance to exit safely. Introducing smoke masks in residential buildings in the event that a fire does occur and smoke fills the space residents can still evacuate. By including emergency escape hoods as part of your fire evacuation plan you can help prevent injury and save lives. More information