Smoke Alarm Maintenance and Testing


Smoke alarm testers needed

  • No formal qualifications required!
  • Easy work!
  • Bring your own broom handle!

Remuneration? How much is a life worth? How much is your family's life worth?

Testing, cleaning and maintaining your smoke alarms is so easy! A clean smoke alarm, that you know is working, is the difference between life and death if you have a house fire.

You don't need any formal qualifications or training and you don't need to pay a contractor to do it!

The only tools you need are a broom handle for monthly testing, a vacuum cleaner for cleaning and a ladder to change batteries.

The South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service recommends the following maintenance regime for domestic smoke alarms:

  • Smoke alarms should be tested every month by pushing the test button. The test button can usually be reached and pressed with a broom handle. If you are a landlord this test can be included in the lease contract for your property as a tenant responsibility but should also be undertaken by you or the property manager during routine property inspections.
  • Smoke alarms should be cleaned at least once every 6 months by vacuuming around the outside of the casing and vents.
  • Smoke alarms powered by replaceable batteries or those with replaceable battery backups should have the batteries changed annually or if the alarm emits a low battery warning chirp.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced when they reach 10 years of age.

The use of aerosol "smoke" testing is not necessary and is not required as a test procedure for domestic smoke alarms under the Australian Standard 3786 – the standard with which domestic smoke alarms must comply. Its use will deposit pollutants on the smoke alarm sensor which, over time, will reduce the service life of the smoke alarm.

In South Australia, legislation and regulations stipulate that smoke alarms must be located to provide reasonable warning to the occupants of all bedrooms or sleeping areas so that they may safely evacuate in the event of a fire. The number of smoke alarms is determined by the number of storeys in the house and the layout of the sleeping areas, not by the size of the house.

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For further advice ring the Community Safety & Resilience Department on 8204 3611, Country callers 1300 737 637