Smoke alarm safety for renters

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Smoke alarm safety for renters

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

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

or

Australian approval mark

 

 

For further information on renting visit the Consumer Affairs website: www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing-and-accommodation/renting.

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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.

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