Smoke Alarm Facts

Research indicates that a primary reason why smoke alarms do not operate when needed is because batteries have been removed or allowed to go flat. (QFRS)

Don’t let your property fall victim to this kind of neglect.

It is these facts below that emphasize the serious risks to life and property presented by house fires and confirms why smoke alarm inspection and maintenance is a sensible and valuable investment for any property owner.

• If your property was built before 1997, you will need to install and maintain smoke alarms in accordance with Australian Standards, Residential Tenancies Authority and the Fire and Rescue Services Act.

• If your property was built after 1997, it should have 240v (hard-wired with battery back-up) smoke alarms installed as a requirement under the Building Code of Australia and in accordance with Australian Standards, Residential Tenancies Authority and the Fire and Rescue Services Act.

• If your property has undergone major renovations since 1997, it should have included 240v (hard-wired with battery back-up) smoke alarms installed as a requirement under the Building Code of Australia and in accordance with Australian Standards, Residential Tenancies Authority and the Fire and Rescue Services Act.

• Every year hundreds of people die in residential fires. Most of these deaths are due to the effects of smoke inhalation (QFRS).

• Smoke alarms are early detection devices that save lives and property.

• Only working smoke alarms can save lives and your property – they should be maintained, cleaned and tested regularly

• The risk of death from fire is three times more likely in homes that do not have working smoke alarms when compared to homes with working, maintained smoke alarms.

• Today’s houses have a safe escape time of only 3 minutes in the event of a fire (QFRS). Properly maintained smoke alarms can provide valuable seconds for the protection of life and property.

• It is the lessor’s responsibility to test and maintain smoke alarms in rental properties at least every 12 months

• It is the lessor’s responsibility to replace smoke alarms when required, clean and test smoke alarms periodically, and change the batteries before the start of a new tenancy or at the renewal of existing tenancy agreements.