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Collection: Smoke Alarm Legislation for NSW

 

Current NSW smoke alarm legislation provides for a minimum level of protection. Smoke alarms must comply to Australian Standard 3786:2014 and can be either battery operated or hard wired. However, Fire and Rescue NSW recommends owners and occupants consider higher levels of protection.

For homeowners

NSW legislation stipulates that smoke alarms must be installed on every level of your home. This includes owner occupied homes, rental properties, relocatable homes, caravans and camper-vans or any other residential building where people sleep.

These alarms must be placed in hallways near bedrooms; however, if bedrooms are in different parts of the house, you must have alarms installed in each of these locations. If there are no hallways associated with the bedrooms, alarms must be installed between the part of the home containing the bedroom and the rest of the house. You must have smoke alarms on all levels of your home even if there are no bedrooms located on that level.

For tenants

NSW legislation mandates that your landlord is responsible for ensuring your residence meets the minimal requirements of having at least one working smoke alarm installed on every level of your home.

Tenants must notify their landlord or agent if they discover that a smoke alarm is not working (this includes when the battery needs to be changed).

Tenants must notify their landlord when they change a battery in a smoke alarm or engage a licensed electrician to repair or replace an alarm. The different circumstances where a tenant can change a battery or engage a licensed electrician are provided by the Department of Fair Training NSW’s website. This does not apply to social housing tenants.

For landlords

From 23 March 2020, NSW landlords and agents need to ensure that smoke alarms installed in rented properties are in working order. Where a smoke alarm is not in working order, landlords and agents must ensure the alarm is repaired (this includes replacing a battery) within 2 business days. Landlords and agents must check smoke alarms every year to ensure they are working.

Landlords and agents must ensure:

  • smoke alarms are replaced within 10 years of manufacture, or earlier if specified by the manufacturer
  • batteries are installed or replaced every year (or for lithium batteries, in the period specified by the manufacturer).

Further information to help landlords and agents understand their responsibilities for different types of smoke alarms, and the situations where a tenant can change a battery in a smoke alarm or arrange for a repair can be found at the Department of Fair Training NSW’s website .

For caravans and motorhomes

Caravans and campervans have limited escape options in the event of a fire. You have just a few seconds to get out of a burning caravan, as they are constructed of lightweight and and potentially highly combustible fittings. A working smoke alarm can mean the difference between life and death.

NSW legislation stipulates that you must have at least one working smoke alarm inside the van where the bed is, and one in the annex if people are sleeping there.

These smoke alarms must be fitted with a "hush" button, allowing the occupant to silence the alarm for 10 minutes. Thanks to https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au

Residents in NSW can choose from either hardwired or wireless smoke alarms (with a 10 year lithium battery). Wireless are the easiest to install as you DIY without needing an electrician. The remotes make is easy to silence all the alarms should there be any false alarms.

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