There is an average of 12,000 house fires each year in Australia. Smoke detectors save lives.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics most recent figures state Australia has some 12,000 house fires each year. In Victoria the Emergency Services report on average 4,500 house fires annually. Nationally each year more than 50 people die as a result of a fire, with many more injured. The mainstream media publishes some 60-70 articles each year specifically noting the role smoke alarms play in these fire incidents. Stay up to date with the most recent news here.
Lake Illawarra Police are investigating a suspicious fire at a Warrawong unit block.
The Standard 12Sep2019
Police are praising the efforts of a neighbour who saved a Kenna Avenue unit in Hamilton from being destroyed by fire on Wednesday night.
Ms May said she thought her daughter had burnt a piece of toast and a smoke alarm had sounded, but when she rang Kira she realised it was far …
Sydney Morning Herald, June 22 2019
“Everyone should also have a functioning smoke alarm to get as early a warning of a fire as possible.”
House fire in Elizabeth South
The Advertiser, June 16 2019
All occupants, who were alerted to the inferno by a smoke alarm…
Shepparton News, May 23 2019
“Without smoke alarms it could have been quite different.”
Australia Associated Press, May 10 2019
Two sleeping occupants had a lucky escape when a smoke alarm alerted them to fire…
3AW, May 7 2019
Fire crews say a working smoke alarm alerted the family of five to the blaze…
The Standard, May 6 2019
“The family were alerted by the smoke alarms in the house and that was how they were able to escape unharmed,”
Daily Liberal, May 6 2019
Station Officer Bracht said a working smoke alarm in the property woke the couple and gave them time to escape uninjured.
The Northern Star, April 29 2019
“A timely reminder to make sure you have a working smoke alarm, and home fire safety plan.”
Shepparton New, April 9 2019
There was at least one man inside sleeping who was woken by the smoke alarm…
perthnow, March 21 2019
“If it hadn’t been for her smoke alarm alerting her neighbour, she may not be alive today.”
Brisbane Times, February 22 2019
ACT Emergency Services responded to reports of a house fire on Friday after a neighbour reported the sound of a smoke alarm.
Hawkesbury Gazette, Jan 7 2019
“Every house should have a working smoke alarm, that’s absolutely imperative.”
Perth, Jan 4th 2019
The Advertiser, 4 January 2019
The child’s father called emergency services about 6.30pm on Thursday after a blaze broke out in an upstairs bedroom and set off a smoke alarm.
27 December 2018 7News Perth
The teens were lucky to hear the smoke alarm and get out in time.
22 December 2018 The Daily Examiner
NSW RFS said smoke alarms help to save lives during house fires and that it is important for residents to conduct regular alarm checks in their homes.
The Examiner, December 19, 2018
Two quick-thinking, brave men have come to the rescue of a neighbour whose bedroom caught fire on Wednesday morning. Youngtown resident Fabian Guegant knew something was wrong when he heard his neighbour screaming and the fire alarm going.
Busselton News Nov 27, 2018
A Busselton mother-of-six who lost everything in a house fire has thanked the community for its support and reinforced the importance of working smoked detectors.
Manduarah Mail Nov 21, 2018
Bouvard resident Chloe, who did not want her last name to be used, said she woke “annoyed” in her Mulberry Close home after hearing the fire alarm sound this morning about 7.45am.
9 News.com Nov 16, 2018
Authorities have described a 12-year-old girl as a hero after she evacuated her four younger siblings from a ferocious house blaze in Melbourne’s west last night.
9 News.com 16 Nov, 2018
Five people have been safely evacuated after a house went up in flames in Melbourne’s west. A smoke alarm alerted the adults and children at the Harkness home, near Melton, just before 8pm Thursday.
news.com.au 16 Nov, 2018
A mother and son have had a lucky escape from a house fire at Turners Beach early this morning.
Victor Harbor Times 29Oct2018
A woman sustained serious burns as a fire destroyed her McLaren Flat … According to CFS Media spokesperson Brett Williamson, a smoke alarm …
Riot Act 20 Sep, 2018
All staff and students have been evacuated from a Fadden preschool after an electrical fault triggered a fire alarm.
The Recorder 18 Sep, 2018
Police and fire crews were called to a fire at a vacant house on Queen Street in the early hours of Tuesday morning, discovering a couch on fire in the driveway. Neighbours called triple zero just before 1.30 am, noticing an orange flicker, a sounding alarm and the smell of smoke.
The Observer 13 Sep, 2018
Bundaberg police have confirmed a fire that destroyed a home at Burnett Heads Rd is being treated as non-suspicious. A Bundaberg Fire and Rescue spokesman said the sole occupant of the house had evacuated after he was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm and barking dogs.
Western Advocate 6 Sep, 2018
A woman and her three young children have had a lucky escape following a fire in their West Bathurst home… Station Officer said the woman did have a working smoke alarm in the property and this helped to alert her to the blaze.
Warrnambool Standard 10 Aug, 2018
A neighbour smashed a window, suffering cuts to her hands, to save two dogs during a house fire in Portland. The alarm was raised just before 2pm Thursday when the neighbour noticed the fire in a bedroom of the Arthur Street home in south Portland.
ABC News 10 Aug, 2018
An elderly woman has used her wits by locking herself in a bathroom and dousing herself in water to survive a fire… “We believe the working smoke alarm has alerted the resident and enabled her to shelter in the toilet while she waited for fire crews to arrive.”
www.9news.com.au Aug 7, 2018
The mother of a family left homeless by a fierce fire that swept through their house in north-west Sydney has revealed her devastation at losing everything. Liliana Lopes said she was woken by the smoke alarm before realising the fire was ripping through her home…
News.com.au Jul 25, 2018
A QUEENSLAND mother was jolted awake by her smoke alarm just minutes before her house was destroyed. She and a neighbour managed to rescue her two young children…
News Mail 16th Jul, 2018
A smoke alarm has potentially saved the life of a Bundaberg woman, after neighbours heard the alarm and called for help.
Magnet Jul 13 2018
It was the last thing Jolene Brindle and her five children expected to wake up to on a Sunday morning. The distressing sound of a fire alarm and thick smell of smoke in the air of their home on Moorhead Street, Eden on July 8.
Wangaratta Chronicle Jul 13, 2018
A Markwood father was able to save his family from harm after being awoken by a smoke alarm during a fire that “completely destroyed” their home.
Tweed Daily News 11th Jul, 2018
A “LUCKY” dog is recovering from smoke inhalation after emergency crews rescued the pet from a house fire in Murwillumbah earlier this morning… Murwillumbah Fire and Rescue captain Greg Hayes said the residents had evacuated safely after they heard the smoke alarm…
The Canberra Times July 8, 2018
A Charnwood was extensively damaged in a fire started by a radiator, the ACT Emergency Services Agency says…”The fire was caused by an electrical radiator. A working smoke alarm alerted the two people home at the time to the fire and they safely evacuated.”
Echo Net Daily July 5, 2018
It started out as a small fire in an ordinary electric stove cooking dinner at an Argyle Street residence at around 6.20pm. Fortunately, the occupier was alerted by a smoke detector and quickly turned off the stove, cutting off the source of the flames.
The Advertiser July 3, 2018
AT least two business have been destroyed and up to 10 others have been damaged in a large fire at a Chinatown building complex in Adelaide’s CBD overnight… “We have smoke detector, monitored, and I received a call to say that the smoke alarm was activated.”
The Advertiser Jun 30, 2018
A happy Valley couple’s 13-year-old son has been hailed a hero for alerting his sleeping parents to a fire at their home in the early hours of this morning.
Bendigo Advertiser Jun 22nd, 2018
Patrons at Bendigo’s GPO restaurant in Pall Mall were evacuated tonight after three CFA crews were called to the popular eatery. “There was no danger, the smoke alarm has done what it is supposed to do.”
The West Australian Jun 4th, 2018
A FAULTY electric blanket is being blamed for sparking a fire that caused … Neighbours raised the alarm just before 10pm as the fire took hold in the …
Geelong Advertiser Jun 4th, 2018
Former Geelong Trades Hall secretary Tim Gooden said he was woken on Friday morning by the smoke alarm outside his bedroom, as a fire ripped ..
Mudgeee Guardian 1Jun18
In the wake of the fire, Mid-Western Regional Councillor and Fire and Rescue New … “If you have a smoke alarm that isn’t working, you’re in trouble
Sunraysia Daily May 23rd, 2018
“She was woken by a loud bang and glass smashing, then the smoke alarm was sounding.” CFA crews from Red Cliffs, Irymple and Merbein used.
www.9news.com.au May 22nd, 2018
A family of five had a lucky escape after their multimillion-dollar house in Sydney’s Inner West went up in flames. New South Wales Fire and Rescue crews were called to the property on Newtown Street, in Strathfield, at around 5am after reports of flames and smoke billowing from the property.
Warrnambool Standard May 13, 2018
A working smoke alarm alerted the occupants to the fire, and Mr Black said it was also an important reminder for people to check their own smoke …
Eastern Riverina Chronicle May 13, 2018
“We sent crews inside with breathing apparatuses to knock the fire down as fast as we could.” … “And make sure you have a working smoke alarm
A Perth mother is recovering from smoke inhalation after trying to save her two dogs from her burning home north of Perth. The blaze started around 10.30pm last night in the front bedroom of the Merriwa property. The 30-year-old’s young son raised the alarm by waking up neighbours who tried to put out ..
Northern Star 1-May2018
No police were injured and the fire does not appear to be suspicious. “This is a timely reminder to think about your own fire safety,” the Richmond Police District posted on Facebook. “It could be a good idea to check the batteries on your smoke alarms (or finally get around to installing some like you ..
Herald Sun 30-Apr-18
Statistics showed the number of house fires in Maribyrnong without a smoke alarm had almost tripled in the past two years. House fires at properties that did not have a smoke alarm started from discarded cigarettes, electrical faults and cooking. One of the incidents was at a double-storey home in Cedar.
ABC Online 30-Apr-2018
“It basically came down to that working smoke alarm [that] alerted him early and he was able to get himself out of the premises and to a point of safety.” Mr Hart said the war medals had obviously suffered a little bit in the fire. “The medals themselves were in good nick but unfortunately one of the medals.
A massive blaze consumed a 70-year-old woman’s home in Sydney’s south – but her smoke alarms allowed her to make a lucky escape. Adriana Oyhantcabal was unhurt, but could only stand and watch as her home was completely destroyed. “It was huge, absolutely huge,” one neighbour said
Newcastle Herald 9-Apr-18
The occupant of a house in Parry Street, Newcastle, was woken by a smoke alarm on Monday morning, to find his house engulfed in flames. “On arrival, Newcastle Pumper, Heavy Rescue and Ladder Platform appliances swiftly swung into action to battle the fire,” Newcastle Station Officer Peter Curzi …
Riverine Herald 6-Apr-2018
By the time he got home all that was left of the house were charred remains, smoke spilling from the scattered ‘hotspots’ the fireys were still fighting. Michael still believes the most important thing, the only thing, is Fiona and Diesel got out — but the rest still hurts, and will hurt for a long time. “The photos .
Newcastle Herald 2-Apr-18
One man inside the home was alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm, firefighters said, before he safely evacuated. Crews performed internal fire attack … The cause of the blaze was under investigation on Monday morning, but police said the fire did not appear to be suspicious. Firefighters said the …
Ballarat Courier 1-Apr-2018
POLICE and the CFA are investigating a fire which all but destroyed a single-storey weatherboard home in Smythesdale overnight. … When they woke, they heard a smoke alarm ringing. The pair, and … The house was all but destroyed in the fire he arrived at the scene the house was already well alight.
Northern Star 1-Apr-2018
A Tweed Heads Fire and Rescue spokesman said crews were called to a unit in Gray St, Tweed Heads West about 8pm yesterday. He said … A passerby who saw the smoke and heard the unit’s blaring smoke alarm phoned Triple 0, and this was vital in getting the blaze under control quickly, he said.
The Canberra Times 31Mar18
More than 30,000 ACT residents are “gambling with lives” by failing to have working smoke alarms in their homes, new research reveals. In light of its findings, ACT Fire and Rescue is urging all Canberrans to check their smoke alarms when they turn their clocks back for the end of daylight savings this …
Northern Star 23rd Mar 2018 7:36 AM
A HOME was destroyed by a fire late last night, but the resident managed to escape thanks to a working smoke alarm. The property was on Dingo Gully Rd at Grevillia, about 75km north of Lismore via the Summerland Way. Rural Fire Service duty officer Inspector Boyd Townsend said they received a
Daily Telegraph 13Mar2018
Firefighters raced to a residential unit on Hazelwood Place at Epping about midday on Monday after a fire alarm was triggered and found the clandestine laboratory, police said. Ice worth $30m were seized by police. Picture: Toby Zerna. About 20 occupants had to be evacuated from neighbouring units
The Mercury 19Feb2018
“The close escape this couple has had is another striking example that working smoke alarms save lives,” said regional fire investigator Matt Lowe. “The TFS would like to remind the community to never attempt to enter a burning building. It only takes a breath of smoke to cause serious harm or death
Clarence Valley Daily Examiner 17Feb2018
Whitton had just renovated her house and had moved in with her family, then three weeks later they awoke to a blaring smoke alarm. “At 1.30am, we heard the smoke alarm and the house was on fire … I lost everything, ” Mrs Whitton said. Mrs Whitton said the sound of smoke alarm, even if it is from just .
Yahoo7 News 15Feb2018
Without a working smoke alarm it could have been much worse, but incredibly the four adults and a small child were able to flee their home just in time. A Watsonia family were frying chips when the oil caught alight, spilling onto carpet and igniting their home. Source: 7 News. Dressed in their pyjamas,
Herald Sun 13Feb2018
A WORKING smoke alarm has been credited with alerting an elderly woman to a fire that destroyed part of her Hawthorn East home this afternoon. A Metropolitan Fire Brigade statement said firefighters were called to the two-storey Victorian-style house in Neave St about 12.15pm after reports of a fire in …
The Advertiser 10Feb2018
Just after 3am, MFS crews responded to a house fire on Rawlings Ave at Flinders Park. The woman sleeping inside the home woke up to the sound of a beeping smoke alarm. She quickly evacuated the house and called Triple-0. When firefighters arrived at the scene a vehicle under the carport was fully
The Mercury 10Feb2018
The lone occupant of the house was alerted to the blaze by a smoke alarm about 7pm on Wednesday and was able to evacuate safely and call emergency services. Fire crews from Burnie and Somerset took about 40 minutes to bring the fire under control, but the home sustained extensive fire, smoke
Courier Mail 30Jan2018
Logan House Fire Support Network’s Louise Naumovski was on hand to help the family find temporary accommodation. “We urge everyone to implement Queensland’s new fire alarm legislation and have photoelectric smoke alarms installed in every bedroom to get the earliest possible warning in the
Herald Sun 26Jan2018
A blaze broke out in the ground-floor kitchen of a double-storey townhouse on Dorset Rd just after 3.30am, with a smoke alarm waking the two occupants — a man and woman in their 50s. But both had breathing difficulties and couldn’t evacuate the top storey. The Metropolitan Fire Brigade was called
The West Australian 22Jan2018
Firefighters were called to the Department of Housing-owned house, on the corner of Sewell Drive and Morley Way, at 10.30am after smoke detectors alerted tenant Tanya McMeeken and her three children to the fire. Ms McMeeken and her children all escaped without serious harm. Speaking to the
Illawarra Mercury 17Jan2018
Meantime, inside the house, sparks began flying from the ceiling and the smoke alarm sounded, startling home owner Natalie O’Brien and her three children. Smoke came out of the power box. Hidden by plasterboard, wires inside the walls sparked and caught alight. It took arriving firefighters some time …
Ballarat Courier 17Jan2018
Some items had been salvaged from the ashes of the burnt-out home, however, much of it was damaged by smoke and will need to be thrown out. … The house quickly became engulfed by thick black smoke and the sound of the smoke alarm, described by Mrs Huntly as deafening, soon rang out
South Coast Register Jan 10th, 2018
In the midst of the wild storm that hit the Nowra area the NSW Fire and Rescue Nowra crews were called to multiple jobs including a reported bushfire at Bens Walk … “Regardless of it being summer or winter having a working smoke alarm in a house is a priority as proved by Tuesday afternoon
Camden-Narellan Advertiser 8Jan2018
Narellan firefighters are warning residents to “keep looking when cooking” to avoid kitchen catastrophes following a house fire in Doncaster Avenue, Narellan early Saturday … “Only a properly installed working smoke alarm will alert you and other occupants to the presence of a fire in your home
Riverine Herald 2Jan2018
NSW Fire & Rescue Deputy Captain Les Booth said the man was woken by his smoke alarm, just after 3.30pm. ”There was a lot of smoke damage to the unit, but thankfully little fire damage,” Deputy Capt Booth said. ”After being woken by the alarm the man was able to remove himself from the unit,
The Border Mail 24Dec2017
“She heard the alarm going off and they all got out okay. “We did what we could to comfort the lady and her kids; they were absolutely exhausted, given the hour of the morning. “We really need to keep that message going that smoke alarms give that early warning and they do save lives, so make sure ..
clothes too close to the heater are just some of the common and preventable causes of house fires.” He said all Victorians should know their fire escape plan and practice it regularly. “There are some very simple ways to help prevent a house fire including having a working smoke alarm,” he said.
Your Investment Property 13Dec2017
“The occupants of this property were lucky to escape the fire unharmed after being alerted by two working smoke alarms installed in the house,” regional fire investigator Anthony Goss told The Mercury. “If it was not for working smoke alarms, there could have been a tragic outcome which is terrible at any ..
Fraser Coast Chronicle 12Dec2017
A WORKING smoke alarm and the quick thinking of a neighbour are two reasons why Karen McClelland’s home wasn’t engulfed in flames. On Sunday night, the Maryborough mother had left her stove turned on when she left the house to have dinner with her daughter. About 6pm, Ms McClelland’s .
The Border Mail 12Dec2017
A rental property in Henty has been destroyed by fire, with the male occupant managing to escape without any injuries, after being woken by a smoke alarm. Firefighters from Henty and Culcairn were called to the Comer Street home at around 3.30am yesterday, arriving to find the home well alight
Yahoo News 11Nov17
A western Sydney mum is being hailed a superhero for single-handedly saving her five children from a house fire…
Northern Star 30Oct2017
Monday 2.17pm: MIKAELA Cashin said she was woken at 3am this morning to the sound of fire fighters rushing to a house on fire nearby…
A 25-year-old man dies in a house fire in Melbourne’s east, despite fire … 20 firefighters were called to a house on Kingsley Street, Camberwell, …
Geelong Advertiser 19Oct17
QUICK-THINKING, and a working smoke alarm, saved the lives of a … to the scene to find the house fully alight and smoke billowing into the street.
Townsville Bulletin 6Oct2017
“A smoke alarm was activated in an upper unit and smoke was issuing from that,” SO McMahon said. … Firefighters at the scene of a fire in West End.
Cootamundra Herald 5Oct17
“Fire crews extinguished the blaze in about 15 minutes which was great work by our boys; the building had a working smoke alarm which probably .
Newcastle Herald 3Oct17
Young Fire and Rescue NSW captain Ryan Terry said crews extinguished the blaze in about 15 minutes. “The building had a working smoke alarm ..
Port Macquarie News 20Sep17
“It’s really important that people make sure they have a working smoke alarm and they have made the practised a home fire escape plan,” he said
The Border Mail 11Sep17
“The stove had been turned off by one of his neighbours; she heard the smoke alarm operating, contacted the fire brigade and then she went in and
Wangaratta Chronicle 4Sep17
The elderly resident of the house that caught fire is lucky to be alive after she was awoken by a smoke alarm. Wangaratta fire station operations officer …
The fire was caused by a mechanical or electrical fault inside a heat pump … The woman was alerted to the blaze by a smoke alarm, Mr. Lowe said
The Border Mail 22Aug17
Mr Neil said the resident had done the right thing by having a working smoke alarm installed. The fire was declared under control after about an .
Fraser Coast Chronicle 20Aug2017
Hervey Bay Fire Station personnel responded to calls about 5.50pm. Crews noticed a loud alarm sounding upon arrival, as well as the smell of smoke
The Northern Daily Leader 18Aug17
“The owner was alerted by her smoke alarm, she called triple-o and … “Tamworth and West Tamworth firecrews arrived on scene in six minutes and…
Wauchope Gazette 12 Aug 2017
They were woken by a smoke alarm which went off after a wheelie bin went on fire up against the wall of the house at Princess Avenue off the Rocks …
The Guardian 10Aug17
Australian Associated Press … the house fire when they were called to the suburb of Hillcrest on Tuesday night after passers-by heard a smoke alarm
Warwick Daily News 29Jul2017
… from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said a pot was found to have been left on the stove, which was creating smoke and set off the alarm.
The Sydney Morning Herald 18July2017
The 81-year-old man was outside his St Ives home talking to neighbours when he heard his smoke alarm going off and went inside to investigate.
Herald Sun 13July17
… from the house and had rushed to help, but the female 61-year-old occupant had already made her way outside after her smoke alarm went off.
Shepparton News 11Jul17
A Church St, Benalla, home was well and truly burning by the time emergency services arrived yesterday. It is believed a smoke alarm alerted one of …
Shepparton News 10 July 2017
It’s believed a smoke alarm alerted one of the residents of the duplex that a fire had quickly spread from the kitchen into the roof of the house.
The Maitland Mercury 29Jun17
The 27-year-old man was asleep in the Bowditch Avenue premises at 1 am when he awoke to a smashing sound and his smoke alarm blaring…
Bendigo Advertiser 28Jun17
EARLIER: A Swan Hill family awoke to the sounds of the smoke alarm this … Grove house self-evacuated about 2:45 am and fire crews were called
Isrra Al Lahibi, along with her mother and siblings, were all inside the property when the fire started. The family said a smoke alarm woke them up minutes before the house was blanketed in smoke.
Riverine Herald 28Jun17
Police said one of the home’s occupants was awoken by a smoke alarm … The Berrigan and Finley Fire & Rescue NSW brigades responded to the
Geelong Advertiser 27Jun17
TWO young children are believed to have saved the life of their mother after waking to a smoke alarm as fire engulfed their Portarlington home
Port Lincoln Times 24Jun17
The neighbour called 000 just after 3.30pm because they could hear a smoke alarm going off. The home was filled with smoke when MFS firefighters…
Herald Sun 16Jun2017
In another incident, a smoke alarm alerted a mother and grandmother to a fire in the lounge room where the grandson was playing in a unit in…
ABC Online 11Jun17
Sisters die after bedroom catches fire, police say no smoke alarm installed … of the two little girls had initially called in the fire to emergency…
ABC Online 10Jun17
A 50-year-old woman has died at a house fire at Elizabeth Vale in … heater, sparking the fire, and that the house did not have a working smoke alarm…
Courier Mail 7Jun17
A load of clothes was being washed when the smoke alarm sounded. … the taps and carried his washing machine outside – all while it was on fire