As daylight savings is just around the corner and summer shines her beautiful face once again. We are reminded to check that our smoke alarms are in working order and to change the batteries.
There is no doubt that having a working smoke alarm in your house will increase your chances of getting out and to safety if the unthinkable of a house fire should happen to you.
The law states that there must be at least one working smoke alarm on every level of the home, even if there is no bedrooms on that level. Fire & Rescue NSW recommends installing smoke alarms in all rooms where people sleep and the hallways leading to sleeping areas.
It’s easy to check if your smoke alarm is working. These simple recommendations from Fire and Rescue NSW could save your life.
Every month: Smoke alarms should be tested (by pressing the test button) to ensure the battery and the alarm work.
Every six months: Smoke alarms should be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. This will remove any dust or particles that could prevent the smoke alarm from working properly.
Once a year: If your smoke alarm has a regular 9V battery (lead or alkaline), you should replace the battery. If your smoke alarm uses a lithium battery, it is inbuilt into the alarm and cannot be replaced. The entire unit will need replacing every 10 years.
Every 10 years: Replace your smoke alarm. Smoke alarms do not last forever and the sensitivity in all smoke alarms will reduce over time. All types of smoke alarms should be removed, replaced and disposed of at least every 10 years.
These simple steps to maintaining your fire smoke alarms could save your life, it’s up to us to protect our family and home.
Under Clause 146A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and Division 7A of Part 9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, smoke alarms are required in all buildings in NSW where people sleep. The smoke alarms must meet the requirements of Australian Standard AS 3786, Smoke alarms. These provisions came into effect on 1 May 2006.