Are your smoke alarms interconnected?
Victoria’s fire and rescue services recommend smoke alarms be installed in all bedrooms and living areas.
Smoke alarms should be:
- powered by a long-life lithium battery
- installed on the ceiling at least 30cm from the wall
- interconnected so that when any alarm activates, all smoke alarms will sound
Test all smoke alarms monthly. Clean smoke alarms with a vacuum cleaner at least once a year to remove dust particles.
Replace smoke alarms after 10 years regardless of the type.
Remember, the smell of smoke alone won’t wake you up. Silence is deadly.
For fire safety information in a language other than English:
Only working smoke alarms save lives
Without a smoke alarm a fire is more likely to damage or destroy your property. It is also more likely to cause serious injury or death.
Smoke alarm maintenance
Ensure your smoke alarm is constantly protecting your loved ones by keeping it in good working order.
Reviewed 20 August 2020