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Smoke Alarms

As of the 1 February 1999 all residential properties are required to have smoke detectors/alarms fitted. The owners of these properties are responsible for the installation.

For rental properties, it is the landlord's responsibility to ensure smoke detectors/alarms are installed and kept in working condition. However, you can take action to ensure compliance with the regulations at any time.

The Building Regulations state that smoke detectors/alarms must meet the Australian Standard AS 3786-1993. You will find a range of complying models at most electrical appliance outlets or hardware stores.

Smoke detectors/alarms must be connected to the buildings power mains as well as having a battery back-up, unless your building was built before 1 August 1997, where a battery-powered alarm / detector meets the regulations.

Smoke detectors/alarms are intended to detect smoke before it reaches people sleeping in a building. Therefore they must be located in a position designed to wake sleeping occupants up and in time to evacuate a building, please refer to our smoke detector brochure below for further details.

For smoke detectors/alarms to be effective, it is essential that they are maintained. The operation of most smoke detectors/alarms can be readily checked by depressing a button on the outside of the alarm. The battery in most smoke detectors/alarms will need to be renewed on an annual basis. Smoke detectors/alarms should emit a warning sound when the battery needs replacement.

A fine of up to $792 could be imposed on an owner who fails to comply with the smoke alarm requirements of the Building Regulations.

Need Help?

If you have questions, you can contact us on 9298 8125 or alternatively, you can lodge a request below and a staff member will get back to you.

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