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Smoke alarm assistance programs

Smoke Alarm and Battery Replacement for the Elderly (SABRE) Program

The Smoke Alarm and Battery Replacement for the Elderly (SABRE) Program is designed to increase safety awareness, education and confidence in regards to fire and other safety issues across NSW.

The program assists seniors and people with a disability who are vulnerable in the case of a fire because they are not able to install and/or maintain their smoke alarms.

Firefighters can visit the residence at an arranged time to install a battery-operated smoke alarm or replace existing smoke alarm batteries at no cost. The resident must supply the battery-operated smoke alarm or batteries. Firefighters can also provide safety advice while visiting premises.

Visit the SABRE - Smoke Alarm and Battery REplacement Program page to find out more.

Smoke alarms for the deaf and hearing impaired

Specialised smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment. These have a flashing strobe light and/or a vibrating pad that can be placed under the pillow which activate when the smoke alarm sounds and are designed to interconnect with conventional audible alarms in different locations within the home. If one of the alarms senses smoke, all alarms will sound, the strobe will flash and the vibrating pad will operate.

Visit the Smoke alarms for the deaf and hearing impaired page to find out more.