When should you test your home smoke alarms?

When should you test your home smoke alarms? Electrical Blogs Melbourne

Testing your home smoke alarms provides peace of mind that they will operate effectively in the event of a fire.

We recommend homeowners and renters carry out monthly testing and cleaning to ensure the alarm is working. Yearly changing of the battery in 9-volt battery-powered alarms is essential as well.

Smoke alarm testing timeframes for landlords

The Victorian Smoke Alarm legislation provides compulsory testing and cleaning timeframes for landlords and tenants.

  • Alarms must be replaced every 10 years with a photoelectric alarm which complies with the Australian Standards 3786-2004. Any alarm which is older than 10 years, as well as any which don’t function when tested, must be replaced. Smoke alarms are fitted with a date of manufacture sticker or stamp. 
  • Smoke alarms must be tested and cleaned (as per manufacturers' instructions) within 30 days before the start of a tenancy agreement. A renewal or extension of an existing tenancy agreement is also deemed to be the start of a new tenancy agreement.
  • Flat or almost flat batteries must be replaced within 30 days before the start of a tenancy agreement.
  • Tenants are required to test the smoke alarm using the Test button, as well as clean the alarm using a vacuum cleaner or soft brush, at least once every 12 months. Consumer Affairs recommend monthly cleaning.

Please note - 240-volt smoke alarms must be installed and repaired by a licenced electrician.

Any building leased (new or renewed) from 29 March 2021 must have a photoelectric interconnected smoke alarm system. Many landlords are currently upgrading their smoke alarm systems in readiness for this legislation deadline.

If your property is in Melbourne, Victoria, book smoke alarm upgrade with our experienced electricians today.

Think it's time for a smoke alarm check? Book an electrician today.

For more information on the Victorian Smoke Alarm Legislation go to consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/renting/repairs-alterations-safety-and-pets/keeping-the-property-safe/smoke-alarms-and-fire-safety

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