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Smoke Alarms

The owner of the property is legally responsible for the installation of the appropriate smoke alarms. Not installing a smoke alarm may attract a fine of up to $750.

REISA reminds members that it is a legal requirement for all households to be fitted with a smoke alarm that is fully operational.

The South Australian Fire Services Fire Safety Department have recently reported an incident where the occupant of a rental property received burns and required hospitalisation after a fire in the property. In this incident, no smoke alarm was installed and there are questions being raised as to whether the property manager is liable for damages.

The following minimum legislative requirements are applicable for all residential properties:

  • Homes owned prior to 1 February 1998 require a replaceable battery powered smoke alarm
  • Homes purchased on or after 1 February 1998 require (within six months of purchase) a 240V hard-wired smoke alarm or a 10 year life lithium non-removable non-replaceable battery powered smoke alarm
  • Homes built on or after 1 January 1995 require 240V mains powered alarms.

The owner of the property is legally responsible for the installation of the appropriate smoke alarms. Not installing a smoke alarm may attract a fine of up to $750.

It is recommended that multi-storey housing and properties with difficult emergency access consider multiple alarms to improve activation in the event of a fire.

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