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Smoke Alarms Save Lives

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When a house fire starts, it’s working smoke alarms that provide the critical early warning needed to save lives and minimise property damage. So as we now have daylight saving, it’s an ideal time to check all smoke alarms and ensure they are in perfect working order.

· Test each smoke alarm using the test button.

· Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.

· Make sure everyone in your home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

· Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

· Mains powered smoke alarms must be fitted by a licensed electrical contractor.

· For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

If you don’t feel confident checking your own smoke alarms try utilising a professional service. There are experts across all Melbourne suburbs who can visit your property annually and if you are a landlord, at each tenancy change (as required by law) to inspect all alarms. Firstly they check to ensure your property has the correct number of alarms according to the building code and that they are located correctly and that they haven’t expired. Secondly, they clean and install new batteries, test with artificial smoke and when alarms are expired, faulty or damaged replace them with new Australian Standard approved alarms. And finally they issue a report and a compliance certificate to be kept on file.

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