Smoke alarms
Smoke alarms are life-saving devices, capable of detecting smoke well before it would be detected by a sleeping occupant. Since 2006, smoke alarms have been mandatory in NSW in all homes and other shared accommodation buildings where people sleep.

Legislation requires that all NSW residents must have at least one working smoke alarm installed on each level of their home. This includes owner occupied, rental properties, relocatable homes or any other residential building where people sleep.

The legislation has since been expanded to also make smoke alarms compulsory in caravans, campervans and other moveable dwellings where people sleep. These changes took effect on February 25, 2011.

If you have a working smoke alarm you are reducing the fire risk to yourself and your family. Don’t forget to check your smoke alarm regularly and change the batteries.

Smoke Alarm Information Sheet

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