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Smoke alarms in the home
Smoke from a home fire is toxic, only early warning can assist in giving your family vital time to escape a smoke filled room.When asleep you will not smell the smoke from a fire and the smoke will actually put you into a deeper sleep. A smoke alarm can provide the early warning you need and is the critical first step in your home fire safety plan.
NSW Smoke Alarms – It’s the law
From 1 May 2006, all NSW residents must have at least one working smoke alarm installed on each level of their home. This includes owner occupied, rental properties, relocatable homes or any other residential building where people sleep.
Learn how to comply with the legislation.
Smoke Alarms for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
There are specialised smoke alarms available for people who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment. These have a flashing strobe light and/or a vibrating pad that can be placed under the pillow which activate when the smoke alarm sounds and are designed to interconnect with conventional audible alarms in different locations within the home.
Learn more about smoke alarms for the deaf and hearing impaired.
A fire can engulf your home in moments. Often people get little chance to escape. Home sprinkler systems automatically detect a fire and act to control or extinguish it. They have demonstrated life safety benefits and can prevent fire from escalating, which may mean the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major tragedy.
Learn about home sprinklers.
Safe Operating of Fire Extinguishers
Poor maintenance and incorrect usage of fire extinguishers in the home are two key reasons small house fires can spread endangering lives and causing considerable damage to property. House fires can be brought under control within the first few minutes of ignition if attended to correctly with an extinguisher that is well maintained.
Learn how to safely operate a fire extinguisher.
Safe disposal of smoke alarms
The Radiation Health Committee has recommended that the preferred method of disposal for small numbers of smoke alarms is to include them in the domestic rubbish. For more than ten smoke alarms collected together for bulk disposal, special actions are required.
Learn how to safely dispose of your smoke alarms
Recycling Fire Extinguishers and Maintenance Tips
Steel is one of the world’s most recycled products and is 100% recyclable.
Find out how to recycle your fire extinguishers.