60 MINUTES

'THE ALARMING TRUTH'

“Why the smoke alarms in your home may not save you.”

"Australia’s most popular smoke alarm, the one

that’s likely fitted in your home, is unlikely to save you.”

Karl Stefanovic, Reporter, 60 Minutes

It was Australia's most deadly house fire. Ever. Eleven people, eight of them children, were killed as an inferno engulfed the home in which they were sleeping. Two families, together for a cousins sleepover, ripped apart by tragedy. Three years after that fatal fire at Slacks Creek, south of Brisbane, the scars remain raw for the survivors. Disturbingly for the rest of us, authorities have not heeded the lessons from the tragedy. As this 60 Minutes special investigation reveals, Australia's most popular fire alarm, the one that's likely fitted in your home, is unlikely to save you.
Reporter: Karl Stefanovic  |  Producer: Rebecca Le Tourneau

Aired Australia: Oct, 2014  |  Aired New Zealand: Nov, 2014

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THE ALARMING TRUTH

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THE ALARMING TRUTH

Part One - 8 Minutes

THE ALARMING TRUTH

Part Two - 11 Minutes

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Australian Senate Smoke Alarm Inquiry
60 MINUTES SENATE INQUIRY SUBMISSION | 28 August 2015

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Industry Politics - Wasting Time and Risking More Lives

"It soon became clear that they (Australian Fire Brigades) actually did want

 to help but were frightened and concerned at the industry politics involved
 in this issue and the ramifications for them if they spoke out - industry

 politics which are wasting time and risking more lives."

Rebecca Le Tourneau, Producer, 60 Minutes  |  Australian Senate Inquiry Submission - 28 Aug 2015

Rebecca Le Tourneau

Producer, 60 Minutes

Note: This document is in the public domain. It was extracted from the Australian Government's Senate Inquiry website on 21 November 2015:

www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Legal_and_Constitutional_Affairs/Fire_safety/Submissions

 

Albert Einstein

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not

  because of the people who are evil, but

 because of the people who do

 nothing about it."

"All that is required for evil

to triumph is for good

men to do nothing."

Edmund Burke