Why install a smoke alarm?

All properties in Victoria must have smoke alarms installed in them. Smoke alarms save lives, and they can do the same for you. Smoke alarms are designed to give early warning to residents of a home when there is an unexpected fire inside the house, alerting them that something needs their attention immediately. When used properly, smoke alarms provide a crucial layer of home fire protection in preventing loss of life or damage to property. It’s recommended that every home have at least one smoke alarm installed on every level of your house. 

Smoke alarms should be installed in all bedrooms and living spaces, including hallways and stairways, plus the garage to allow a sufficient amount for everyone inside the home to evacuate.


Victorian Smoke Alarm Regulations

Smoke alarms must be installed in all Victorian houses, units, flats and townhouses. Rental providers must fit smoke alarms in rented properties. All buildings built after 1 August 1997 must have hard-wired smoke alarms with a battery back-up. Buildings built before that date can have a battery-powered smoke alarm. Homes built prior to this date must have a 9-volt battery powered smoke alarms as a minimum requirement.


What type of alarm do I need?

All buildings built after 1 August 1997 must have hard-wired smoke alarms with a battery backup. Hardwired smoke alarms must be installed and repaired by a licenced electrician.

Photoelectric type alarms detect visible particles of combustion, they are ideal for sensing all types of fires but are particularly good at early detection of smouldering fires. An added advantage of this style, as opposed to ionisation alarms, is they are less prone to false alarms due to cooking.

Fitting a system of interconnected smoke alarms throughout your home means even if the fire starts in the kitchen those in bedrooms with the door shut and music playing will be alerted instantly. If one alarm detects smoke, all alarms sound.

Interconnected smoke alarms can be hardwired to your homes power supply, with a backup long life battery, removing the need to replace batteries every year and ensuring constant power. Alternatively, they can be 10-year non-removable lithium battery powered alarms.


Smoke alarm testing

It’s recommended to test your smoke alarms every month to ensure they work effectively. We advise that you simply press the “test” button on your smoke alarm at the beginning of each month to do this. Yearly professional testing of hardwired smoke alarms is advised by our trusted electrical team.

Smoke Alarm Installation Cost

Have wondered about the cost of installing a fire alarm? The devices are reasonably inexpensive. Without professional help, however, it becomes difficult to know where to put each device for optimal coverage of your property. Also hardwiring a smoke alarm cannot be done without a professional.

The regulations state that homes or businesses must install smoke alarms:

  • On each floor
  • Outside each bedroom
  • So that you can hear the sound from anywhere in the building
  • Considering hard-of-hearing family members with flashing lights
  • In a sheltered area to reduce interference from windows or air conditioners

A three-bedroomed home with a basement floor would likely need around four detectors to comply.

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