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All home owners and occupiers should be aware that every dwelling house in NSW, both new and existing, must have a smoke detection and alarm system installed so as to activate the warning alarm in the event of a fire. These requirements also extend to caravans, campervans and movable dwellings where people sleep, under legislation introduced by the NSW Government in 2011.

Smoke from a home fire can be toxic and the alarm given off by smoke detector can assist in alerting yourself and your family of a fire and give time to escape from the building. You do not smell smoke when you are asleep and therefore a properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is very important in the safety of yourself and your family.

With the exception of domestic smoke alarms installed in residential dwellings, other types and classes of buildings which may have smoke alarms and other fire safety measures installed require annual certification and maintenance requirements. Under new reforms introduced by the NSW Government in July 2020, these checks must be undertaken by accredited fire safety practitioners, with limited exceptions.

Please click on the headings below to view further information...

What is a fire safety measure?
Essential fire safety measures to be maintained
What is an Annual Fire Safety Statement?
Requirements for Annual Fire Safety Statements
Accredited Practitioners (fire safety)
What is a Final Fire Safety Certificate?
Form of fire safety certificates
Offences and Penalties
Where to locate smoke alarms
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