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Consumer Factsheet: Fire Safety - Smoke Alarms

Authors: Quinn, J.
Published: 30th October 2015
Audience: Consumers, Industry
ISBN: 978‐0‐7334‐3563‐8


This factsheet provides residents with information on how they can use smoke alarms more effectively in their home, especially if they might take longer to respond to a fire, or need assistance to safely evacuate.  It outlines fire services’ and researchers’ recommendations for the selection, placement and maintenance of smoke alarms for residents of all ages and abilities, and includes a smoke alarm checklist.

This factsheet accompanies Summary Bulletin: Fire Safety – Smoke Alarms 2nd ed.

Table of Contents

Do I need to have smoke alarms?

Where in my home do the smoke alarms need to be?

What are interconnected smoke alarms?

What type of smoke alarms do I need?

How can I stop annoying false alarms?

Do smoke alarms need to be maintained or replaced?

Smoke Alarm Checklist

Where can I find more information?

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