More often than not, the simplest fire detection and prevention tools are the ones that save the most lives. This is why maintenance of smoke alarms are so important.
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.
The following tips will help you maintain and test your smoke alarm system:
Test Alarms Regularly – Every smoke alarm system should be tested regularly to ensure the battery is at the correct level. This can be done by holding down the test button on the device and listening for a beep.
Regular Changing Of Alarm Batteries – If a smoke alarm battery is low, most alarms will emit a small chirp/beep once every 30-60 seconds. While this may be annoying, please don’t ignore it as this indicates the battery requires replacement.
As a general rule of thumb, even for the best alarms and systems on the market, you should form a habit of testing at least once a month.
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