Smoke alarm safety for renters


Smoke alarm safety for renters

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Be fire safe in your rental property
A message from Victorian Fire Services

You can download and print this information here: Be fire safe in your rental property (PDF).

It is law for every home to have a working smoke alarm.

Your landlord is responsible for installing and replacing smoke alarms and batteries.

 A working smoke alarm on your ceiling will:

• Alert you to a fire in your home
• Give you time to escape safely

 In the event of a fire in your home:

• Get down low to stay out of smoke
• Alert others on the way out if safe to do so

 When you are safe outside:

• Call 000
• Ask for "FIRE"
• Be ready to give your address



As a tenant you are responsible for:

Monthly testing

• Press the button
• Hold in until the alarm goes “BEEP, BEEP, BEEP”

Annual dusting

Dust or gently wipe around cover of smoke alarm

Reporting faults to your landlord

• If the smoke alarm does not “BEEP, BEEP, BEEP” when tested
• If the smoke alarm makes an occasional “chirping” noise

Safe use of electricity and power boards

• Use one power board per power point
• Never plug a power board into a power board
• Only purchase electrical products with either:

Regulatory compliance mark


Australian approval mark



For further information on renting visit the Consumer Affairs website:

You can download this information here: Be fire safe in your rental property.


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Safety Tip

The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) recommends monthly testing of smoke alarms to ensure they are working correctly.

Its True

Only working Smoke Alarms save lives.

Dial 000 for emergency