It is mandatory to install smoke alarms in all new dwellings and in existing dwellings or household units when additions or alterations are carried out.
This means that even for fitting a solid fuel burner or other internal alterations requiring a building consent, a smoke alarm or alarms will be required to be installed before Council will issue a Code Compliance Certificate.
- May be battery powered and are not required to be interconnected.
- Shall be provided with a hush facility having a minimum duration of 60 seconds.
- Shall have a test facility located on the smoke alarm.
- Shall be listed or approved by a recognised national authority as complying with at least one of: UL217; CAN/ULC 5531; AS3786; BS5446 Part 1.
- Shall be located on the escape routes on all levels within the household unit. On levels
containing the sleeping spaces, the smoke alarms shall be located either:
(a) In every sleeping space; or
(b) Within 3.0 m of every sleeping space door. In this case, the smoke alarm must be audible to sleeping occupants on the other side of the closed doors.
- Shall be installed on or near the ceiling in accordance with AS1670.6 and the manufacturer’s instructions.
Recommended Maintenance Procedures
- In situ annual cleaning with a vacuum cleaner (no disassembly of smoke alarm).
- Monthly testing by use of the smoke alarms test facility. If you have any queries regarding the installation of smoke alarms please contact the Councils Building Control Officer.