With the devastating bush fires Australia has faced in recent times, it is a timely reminder to check and ensure that your smoke alarms are installed in accordance with the legislation and more importantly that they are in good working order. The Law in relation to smoke alarms in New South Wales is pretty clear. There is a requirement for all buildings in which people sleep to have working smoke alarms installed. Firstly, how do you make sure they are working? NSW Fire and Rescue recommend testing smoke alarms once a month (press and hold the test button) and changing the batteries every 12 months. Now, are they compliant? The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Regulation 2006 sets out the what types of smoke alarms are acceptable and the requirements for installation in different types of buildings. The Legislation stipulates that working smoke alarms must be installed in every level of your home. You are also required to ensure smoke alarms are installed and working in any rental properties you might have. The requirements for smoke alarms does not only apply to residential property, strata properties, caravans and motorhomes are also required to have working smoke alarms. It is an offence not to comply with the Legislation, and fines can be pretty hefty! But the offences don’t stop there. It is also an offence to remove or interfere with a smoke alarm. Fines of up to $550.00 can apply to offences regarding smoke alarms. Everingham Solomons have experienced Solicitors who can assist you no matter your legal question because Helping You is Our Business.

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