A guide to making your home fire safe

Fire safety at home

It is important to make your home as fire-proof as possible to ensure the safety of you and your family. NSW Fire & Rescue publishes a Home Fire Safety Checklist to assist people in keeping their home safe from fire.

Smoke alarms

It is compulsory for smoke alarms to be installed in existing buildings where people sleep.

Most building fire deaths occur while people are asleep. These fatalities could often have been prevented if the house had been fitted with a working smoke alarm and residents had a home escape plan.

Where are they to be installed?

Smoke alarms are required to be installed on every level of a building that contains sleeping accommodation. As well as private homes and units this includes accommodation above shops, movable dwellings (but not tents, campervans or caravans), boarding houses, B&Bs, backpackers etc, accommodation for the aged, children and people with disabilities, and hostels and nursing homes. Your alarm needs to comply with the Building Code of Australia and the specifications found under Clause 186A to 186F of the Environment Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

Who has to install smoke alarms?

It is the responsibility of the owner of the building to install the smoke alarms as detailed in the Building Code of Australia Vol. 2 Housing Provision (Clause 3.7.2).

More information on the landlord’s responsibilities is available via the NSW Office of Fair Trading Safety and Security.

Are you prepared for a bushfire?

Preparing and rehearsing an emergency plan are essential to bushfire survival. The NSW Rural Fire Service’s latest campaign is called ‘Planning to make a plan is not a plan’ and it encourages everyone to create their own bushfire survival plan.

To find out more, visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.

If you require any information and/or clarification on fire safety matters, phone our Fire Safety Officer on (02) 6625 0500.