Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery

Posted on : Wednesday, 30 March 2016

FPA Australia is reminding all Australians to change their smoke alarm batteries this Sunday April 3, in line with the end of daylight saving.


It is important that smoke alarms are tested regularly (usually monthly) to ensure they are operating correctly. In addition, every year, generally at the end of the daylight saving period, it is strongly recommended that you replace the batteries in all smoke alarms located in your home. Smoke alarms should also be cleaned / vacuumed at this time.


Remember all smoke alarms need to be replaced after 10 years.  When replacing an existing nine volt battery smoke alarm consider installing a photoelectric smoke alarm with an inbuilt ten year lithium battery.  This will eliminate the need to change the battery every year. The use of a photoelectric smoke alarm in the first instance is recommended by FPA Australia and you can learn more about the different types of smoke alarm technology in our position statement.


If you are a landlord don't forget it is your responsibility to install smoke alarms and also see to their ongoing maintenance.


Tenants are required to test the smoke alarms to make sure they are working. You should also contact your agent / landlord if your smoke alarms are not working or if your smoke alarms are omitting an occasional chirping noise as this can mean the battery or smoke alarm is faulty.


Smoke alarms save lives but not if the battery is flat. A working smoke alarm will give you an early warning and time to escape a fire. The fire services around Australia each have excellent resources around smoke alarms and home fire safety and we encourage you to visit your relevant brigade website for more information. 

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