Smoke alarms & RCD's.
Smoke alarms can help save lives by providing occupants with early warning about house fires. Fitting a smoke alarm in your home will help you protect your family by getting them out quickly if a fire was to occur. All WA Australian homes must be fitted with a working smoke alarm. Homeowners and residential landlords are responsible for ensuring a working smoke alarm is installed in the property.
Homes (or residential rental properties) purchased on or after 1 February 1998
Regulation 76B requires a smoke alarm (or smoke alarms) be fitted within six months from the day on which title is transferred and be either:
- a 240 volt, mains powered smoke alarm, or
- a 10 year life, non-replaceable, non-removable, permanently connected battery powered smoke alarm.
Homes (or residential rental properties) built on or after 1 January 1995
The Building Code of Australia requires a 240 volt, mains powered smoke alarm.
Where to install smoke alarms
Smoke alarms should be installed in a convenient location to give occupants reasonable warning when they are asleep. For examples of where to place smoke alarms, see the brochure Smoke alarms save lives.
Depending on the size and layout of your home, it may be necessary to install more than one smoke alarm to provide sufficient warning.
Did you know?
The new legislation applies to people selling their homes and to landlords. Every home sold or leased must be fitted with a minimum of two RCDs which must protect all power and lighting circuits.
Penalties of up to $15,000 for individuals and up to $100,000 for a body corporate may apply if the regulations are breached.
Homes for sale
Two RCDs must be fitted to protect all power point and lighting circuits in all homes before the land title is transferred. If you are planning to sell your home and it does not already have two RCDs protecting all power points and lighting circuits, you will need to engage a licensed electrical contractor to fit two RCDs to the main switchboard or distribution board.