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Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms are compulsory and must be installed in residential buildings, irrespective on when they were built, and must be located on or near the ceiling of every storey of a dwelling or sole occupancy unit.

What type of smoke alarm should be used?

All new residential buildings and new added or altered sections of existing buildings constructed on or after 1 August 1997 must have smoke alarms connected directly to the consumer power mains with a battery back-up.

Residential buildings constructed before 1 August 1997 can be fitted with a battery powered self-contained smoke alarms complying with AS 3786-1997.

Where do I locate smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms must be installed on or near the ceiling of every storey of a dwelling or sole occupancy unit.

Smoke 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 in time to allow them to evacuate a building.

Smoke alarms should not be located where false alarms could be triggered, such as in kitchens or bathrooms.

It is important that your smoke alarms are checked and maintained on a regular basis, with batteries being changed each year.