BADLY burned and screaming for his girls, celebrity chef Matt Golinski lay in agony on his driveway for 30 minutes before an ambulance arrived, after trying frantically to save his wife and three young daughters from the inferno destroying their home.
IT WAS the tragic story that united an entire country in grief. A young family killed early on Boxing Day morning in 2011, most likely due to faulty lights or a power board near their tinder-dry Christmas tree.
The Golinski family received no warning from the two smoke alarms in their Noosa home as they slept. By the time Rachael Golinski woke and yelled to her husband Matt that the house was on fire, the home was already engulfed in flames.
Australians are at risk of dying in house fires because of the country's smoke alarm policies, according to a senior US firefighter.
The US is preparing to introduce new stricter standards for home fire alarms, to be phased in by 2020.
Boston Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Fleming alleges that a smoke alarm commonly used in Australian homes — the ionisation alarm — is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths worldwide.
And the long-time campaigner believes his country's new standards will force stand-alone ionisation alarms off the US market in favour of photoelectric alarms.
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Fire Commissioner wants most common smoke alarm banned
The NSW Fire Commissioner has said Australia's most common smoke alarm should be banned. Other experts have claimed the flawed alarms have failed to save thousands of lives.
In the last year more than 4000 NSW homes have caught alight.
The ‘dangerous’ smoke alarm most Australians have in their homes
An allegedly “dangerous” type of smoke alarm is installed in more than half of Australian homes despite fire authorities advising against it, according to fire safety experts.
THE SMOKE ALARM THAT WORKS
When you sleep, your sense of smell also sleeps. If a fire starts, toxic fumes can overcome you. Photoelectric smoke alarms see smoke and will alert you early, so you can escape.
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