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.