Smoke Alarm Maintenance
Smoke alarms require regular testing and cleaning to provide effective protection. You should consult the manufacturer’s guide.
DFES recommends the following key smoke alarm maintenance routine:
- Regular testing (not less than once per month) to ensure the battery and the alarm sounder are operating. This will also familiarize building occupants with the sound that is emitted when the unit detects smoke. Refer to manufacturer’s guide for testing procedure.
- Replacing batteries annually, where appropriate. Refer to manufacturer’s guide for battery type. As there are multiple styles and brands of smoke alarm on the market, DFES recommends you contact the supplier or manufacturer for detailed instructions on how to change your smoke alarm batteries.
- Cleaning with a vacuum cleaner (at least once a year) to remove particles that will affect smoke alarm performance.
When maintaining your smoke alarm it also important to note the following:
- Generally, smoke alarms will sound a regular warning ‘beep’ if the battery needs replacing. Refer to manufacturer’s guide for exact warning details.
- Smoke alarms should never be painted.
- The date the smoke alarm was manufactured will be displayed. Smoke alarms have a maximum service life of ten (10) years and need to be replaced.
- Contact the manufacturer or supplier with any queries regarding your smoke alarm.
Smoke alarm maintenance may require you to use a ladder. Please take care.
A licensed electrical contractor is required to disconnect or install mains powered smoke alarms. All other smoke alarm maintenance does not require a licensed electrical contractor.