Only working smoke alarms save lives.
Every year home fires cause millions of dollars in damage, they can destroy homes and lives. A working smoke alarm will warn you if a fire starts in your home or business, giving you more time to escape safely.
DFES recommends a mains powered photoelectric smoke alarms. They should be located in all sleeping areas and in all paths of travel between sleeping areas and exits to the open air.
Things you may not know about smoke alarms:
- they need to be tested monthly to make sure they are working;
- they must be cleaned regularly to remove dust and cobwebs; and
- regardless of type and power source, they all need to be completely replaced every 10 years.
Smoke alarm regulations are covered by Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations). Click here to view the Western Australian Government Smoke alarm laws fact sheet.
The regulations also require that the owner of a dwelling must have smoke alarms installed:
- prior to the sale or transfer of ownership;
- where a dwelling is rented under a residential tenancy agreement or made available for such rental; and
- where a dwelling is made available for hire.
There are smoke alarms and smoke alarms. Click here to read about the differences in alarms.
To ensure alarms work properly, DFES encourages householders to test smoke alarms monthly and change any batteries annually. April 1 is the date to change all smoke alarm batteries.
Look after your smoke alarm and it will look after you!
For more information about smoke alarms contact us on 1300 041 784 or email us. We can send a Qualified Electrician around to check, supply and fit your smoke alarms. They will also show you how to regularly test them.