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The outbreak of fire on your premises is a nightmare for any landlord or householder. Apart from the obvious danger to life and property, dealing with the aftermath of a fire is extremely traumatic and time-consuming.
Each year, more than 50 people across Australia die in house fires, with many more injured. Most of these homes do not have a working smoke alarm. Although you cannot predict a house fire, the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms would have made many of these household fires avoidable.
A small fire can grow to involve an entire room in minutes. A smoke alarm provides early warning and time to escape. By detecting small changes in the air, these alarms work by sounding a loud noise when triggered, alerting everyone on the premises and allowing precious time to tackle the source of the smoke or get to safety.
If you are a private landlord, building regulations require that you have a responsibility to ensure that your property has a compliant mains powered smoke detector/alarm installed. You must ensure that the smoke alarms fitted are no more than 10 years old and are in working order, and permanently connected to mains power. This also applies if you are a home owner and are selling a property.
A licensed electrical contractor is required by law to disconnect or install mains powered smoke alarms. PWA Electrical Services can advise on the type and number of smoke alarms you need to protect your property and our electricians are fully qualified to fit them at your convenience.
Once fitted, the DFSS recommends you carry out at least monthly smoke alarm tests, clean them annually with a vacuum cleaner to remove dust, and replace the entire smoke alarm at least every 10 years. They also recommend that when replacing battery-operated smoke alarms, you replace them with mains-powered models.