- You should install a smoke alarm in each sleeping area (bedroom), hallway and living area. Smoke alarms should be supported by a home fire escape plan.
- Test alarms monthly.
- Vacuum dust from alarms every six months.
- Replace batteries once a year. Some alarms have 10 year lithium batteries that do not need replacing every year.
- Mains powered smoke alarms also have back-up batteries - check with the manufacturer if your model has batteries that need to be replaced regularly, or whether it has a re-chargeable battery.
- Young children are likely to sleep through the sound of a smoke alarm, so you must alert them to a fire and help them escape to safety.
- Installation of a smoke alarm is quick and easy. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Generally, because smoke rises, mounting in the middle of the ceiling is recommended.
- Maximum protection can be gained from interconnecting smoke alarms - when one smoke alarm operates, all connected alarms will operate.
- All alarms have a use by date of 10 years, after this time, the entire alarm must be replaced.
Smoke alarm packages for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing include all the necessary components to give a person a visual and tactile (vibrating) alert to a smoke alarm.
The packages usually consist of three parts:
- A flashing strobe light placed beside the bed. It is connected to a power outlet and has a built in rechargeable battery backup.
- A pillow shaker (connected to the strobe light).
- A smoke alarm.
When the smoke alarm is activated it sends a radio signal, activating the flashing strobe and the pillow shaker.
Note - the smoke alarm still makes loud audible beeps to alert people without a hearing impairment.
If you require an alarm for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing contact Expression Australia.
You may be eligible for a subsidy.
Phone/TTY (03) 6228 1955
SMS: +61 418 341 373
Property Owner Responsibilities
- Install either mains powered or 10 year non-removable battery alarms.
- Clean, test and ensure all alarms are operating prior to new occupancy.
- Replace back up batteries in mains powered smoke alarms.
- Replace alarms every 10 years.
Generally, in a rental property a smoke alarm must be installed in every hallway near a bedroom and on each level of a multi-storey home. These are minimum requirements and owners are encouraged to install additional smoke alarms to increase the level of early warning for tenants in the event of a fire.
- Test and clean alarms.
- Report faults to owner/manager.
- Notify owner/manager of any fire safety concerns.
For further advice
ImportantFire Services strongly recommend placing a smoke alarm in each sleeping area (bedroom), hallway, living area and at the top of stairways.