On average 21 deaths occur in residential fires across NSW every year. Based on FRNSW Fire Investigation and Research Unit case study research, one third to a half of those fatalities may have been prevented if the homes had working smoke alarms and had a practised home escape plan.
All NSW residents must have at least one working smoke alarm (sometimes mistakenly referred to as “smoke detectors”) installed on each level of their home. This includes owner occupied, rental properties, relocatable homes or any other residential building where people sleep.
Smoke alarms are life-saving devices that provide benefits for occupants. They detect smoke well before any sleeping occupant would and provide critical seconds to implement actions to save life and property.
Smoke alarms are designed to detect fire smoke and emit a loud and distinctive sound to alert occupants of potential danger.
EVERY 6 MONTHS
Vacuum dust off your smoke alarms every six months. Keeping your smoke alarm free of particles will help reduce false alarms and ensure smoke can easily reach the internal sensor.
Replace lead or alkaline batteries every 12 months.
EVERY 10 YEARS
Replace all smoke alarms with new 10-year lithium powered photoelectric alarms every ten years, or earlier if specified by the manufacturer.
Services we offer regarding smoke alarms are as follows:
In 2013, new window safety laws were introduced to help prevent children from falling from residential windows.
Get in touch with Statewide Compliance and see how we can help with your window and fire safety needs.