fire guide


Smoke Alarms


Legislative Requirements:

In South Australia hard wired smoke alarms are compulsory for houses built since January 1st, 1995. All other houses must be equipped with at least 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms. When a house with 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms is sold the new owner has six months to install alarms which are hard-wired to the 240 volt power supply or powered by 10 year life, non-replaceable, non-removable batteries.


Why Do You Need A Smoke Alarm:

Smoke obscures vision and causes intense irritation to the eyes. This, combined with the effects of the poisons in the smoke, can cause disorientation, impaired judgement and panic reducing the victim's ability to find an exit. Correctly located smoke alarms in your home give early warning of fire, providing you with the precious time which may be vital to your survival.



Fact sheets about fire safety on everything from electric appliances to extinguishing fires and escape plans can be found on the MFS Website.

For information on fire safety in the home, including:

  •     Common causes of house fires
  •     Fire survival rules
  •     General housekeeping for fire safety
  •     House fire checklist.