In a fire emergency, a few seconds can save the lives of many.
All businesses should be aware of the fire risks associated with their premises. It is important that actions are taken to not only prevent fires but to ensure that adequate precautions are in place to alert personnel in the event of a fire.
The majority of Australian States and Territories (with the exception of ACT), legally require working fire alarms to be present in all residential homes and buildings. In Queensland and a number of other states, all newly fitted fire alarms are required to be photoelectric smoke alarms. In areas where these alarms are not required, they are highly recommended by the Governing body for their reliability and accuracy.
What are photoelectric smoke alarms?
Photoelectric smoke alarms are a relatively new design, as opposed to Ionised smoke alarms. Photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting smoke than ionised alarms. Photoelectric smoke alarms are able to sense small amounts of smoke produced by smouldering fires before a larger flame is able to take hold. This allows faster
Who's responsible for installing and maintaining fire alarms?
This responsibility changes depending on the State or Territory of residence. As a general rule, it is more likely that the landlord will be responsible for installing, maintaining and replacing smoke alarms. For the safety of all, we recommend that it should be a joint effort between the landlord and the tenants (in the case that these parties are separate) to ensure that the alarms are in working order and are regularly tested.
** This information is intended as an initial aid only. Please ensure that you consult your respective Government bodies to confirm the Laws and Regulations associated with fire alarms.