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Only working smoke alarms save lives.
Are you sick of hearing the sound of a nagging smoke alarm? Change your old smoke alarms to a new unit with a lithium battery that has a 10 year lifespan.
New photoelectric smoke alarms that have a 10 year lifespan ensure families can feel the highest level of security. Working smoke alarms are your best defence against preventable residential fires, especially during the night, when humans lose their sense of smell. These new alarms provide the security of knowing you and your family are protected, while also ensuring you’re not interrupted every year with a nagging smoke alarm.
Why should I have a smoke alarm?
If you don’t have a working smoke alarm installed in your home and a fire occurs, you are:
- 57% more likely to suffer property loss and damage
- 26% more likely to suffer serious injuries
- Four times more likely to die.
When you‘re asleep you lose your sense of smell. A smoke alarm is your electronic nose. It will alert you if there is smoke from a fire. A small fire can grow to involve an entire room in just two to three minutes. A smoke alarm provides early warning and time to escape.
Smoke alarms are compulsory in every home
Since 1 August 1997, Victorian law states that smoke alarms (complying with Australian Standards AS3786) must be installed in all homes, units, flats and townhouses. It is the responsibility of all owners and landlords to install working smoke alarms.
Residential homes constructed before 1 August 1997 need only standalone, battery powered smoke alarms. Residential homes constructed after 1 August 1997 must have smoke alarms connected to 240 volt mains power. These smoke alarms must also have a backup battery installed in the smoke alarm in case there is a loss of power.
All fire services in Australia recommend the installation of photoelectric smoke alarms that meet Australian Standards (AS3786) when installing or replacing existing smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms for the deaf and hard of hearing
A specialised smoke alarm is available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Due to the cost of this type of smoke alarm, the Department of Human Services may be able to provide financial assistance via a subsidy. For more information go to the Vicdeaf Smoke Alarm Subsidy webpage.
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