Ringing the changes and book free fire Safety Visit

Broken Hill Fire and Rescue NSW Station 238 on Blende St is letting everyone know that the station’s phone number has changed, and they’re inviting homeowners to call the new number this week to book a free home fire safety visit.

Broken Hill FRNSW Acting Station Officer Craig Burke told the Barrier Truth the station’s phone number has been changed due to upgrades to their phone systems.

The new Broken Hill FRNSW station phone number is 8084 6238

“We’re encouraging everyone to delete the station’s old phone number from their contacts and to replace it with the new number as soon as they read this so that they’re not hearing a recorded message next time they call the station,” said Mr Burke.

“And we’re reminding people to always call triple zero – 000 – in an emergency,” he said.

“If people live in the home that they own, they can call the new number to book a fire Safety Visit, where firefighters visit them to conduct a smoke alarm safety check and replace smoke alarms for free, but we’re only authorised to replace battery operated smoke alarms – an electrician is needed to replace alarms that are hard-wired,” said Mr Burke.

“If homeowners would like us to inspect their properties in more detail, we’re happy to take a look around to point out potential fire hazards and offer simple tips on how to be more fire safe,” he said.

“People who rent their home will have to contact their real estate agent or the owner to organise an inspection. And people who offer their homes up for short-term accommodation [such as AirBnB] will have to pay for the service, since they’re making money from their home,” he said. “This free service is for private residents only.

“A law was introduced in 2006 that mandated that all homes were to be fitted with a smoke alarm, but the life cycle of a smoke alarm is only 10 years, so many people who installed smoke alarms back then are well overdue for a new one if they haven’t upgraded them since,” Mr Burke said. “This is a real concern so we’re urging everyone to get in touch with us if this is the case.

“This is a statewide fire safety campaign so everyone who arranges a fire safety visit with us will receive a wooden spoon with Keep looking when cooking written on it, along with a booklet on fire safety,” Mr Burke added.

Call Broken Hill Fire and Rescue on the new number 08) 8084 6238 to book your free Safety Visit today or drop into the station at 248 Blende St for a chat.

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