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Smoke Alarms


​From 1 May 2006, all NSW residents must have at least one working smoke alarm installed in their homes. This includes rental properties, owner occupied, and temporary accommodation.

Council currently regulates through the development approval process a condition of consent that all new alterations and additions to dwellings and any new homes are to be updated with hard wired smoke detectors. (Smoke detectors connected to your electricity supply). However, if you were not doing any building works, a smoke detector could not be enforced on a home owner. New legislation changes that and a smoke detector will be required in all dwellings.

For those properties not undertaking building works a standard battery operated smoke detector from a hardware store is acceptable.

The NSWFB as a community incentive for seniors will replace old batteries in existing smoke detectors and also help install new smoke detectors once a senior resident has bought them. Contact the local NSW Fire Station in Lane Cove on 9901 2420 to arrange this.