Since 1997, Victorian law has stated that smoke alarms must be installed in all homes. It is the legal responsibility of the home owner to ensure working smoke alarms are installed.
WHERE SHOULD WE INSTALL THEM?
Smoke alarms must be installed in the following positions: - Between each bedroom area and the rest of the house (kitchen, lounge room). - Inside any bedroom where someone sleeps with the door closed. - In a multi-storey home, on every storey located in the path that people will use to evacuate.
WHAT TYPE SHOULD WE INSTALL?
All fire services in Australia recommend installing photo-electric smoke alarms in homes. Our recommendation on the best types of smoke detector is as follows (with 1 as the best): 1. 240V mains power photo-electric smoke detector with 9 V battery back-up. 2. The next best option is the battery photo-electric smoke alarm with 10 year lithium battery, removing the need to change battery. 3. 9V Battery photo-electric smoke detector.
ONCE THEY ARE INSTALLED, IS THAT IT?
No! Smoke detectors must have their batteries changed and vents vacuumed every year. The MFB advises that you do this at the end of daylight savings each year, to serve as a reminder. Smoke detectors should also have the test button pressed monthly, and must be completely replaced every 10 years.