Be on fire alert!

IT'S a good thing South Grafton man Paul Danvers isn't afraid of heights.

The firefighter was one of several South Grafton Fire Brigade crew members who spent most of Saturday on ladders to help change smoke alarm batteries for elderly residents.

The service is part of the NSW Fire Brigades' Smoke Alarm and Battery Replacement for the Elderly (SABRE) program.

South Grafton Fire Brigade Captain Dennis Pye said all residents need to have working smoke alarms, including elderly residents who may not be able to change the batteries themselves.

“It's important no-one falls through the cracks,” he said.

“Smoke alarms act as an early warning system in a fire ... and it's a legal requirement that every household has one.”

The program is also available in the Lower Clarence. Yamba Fire Brigade Captain Allan Brooks said the brigade already had a list of residents who relied on the service every year but elderly residents new to the area could contact the station on 6646 2058 for more information.

Fire safety advice was also on offer over the bridge at Grafton Shoppingworld, where Grafton Fire Brigade had two gleaming fire trucks on display on Saturday morning. Captain Greg McLennan said there was a range of giveaways and brochures available to residents.

“We wanted to be available to answer questions about fire safety,” he said.

“Smoke alarms act as an early warning system in a fire ... and it's a legal requirement that every household has one.”



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