Fire safety and smoke alarms in public housing

Checking your smoke alarm

You should test your smoke alarm every 12 months.

Your public housing home must have a working smoke alarm when you move in.

It is your responsibility as the tenant to make sure the alarm keeps working.

How to test your smoke alarm

Check the alarm by pressing the test button. You will hear a loud beep.

Check the alarm by pressing the test button.

Use a broom if you cannot reach.

Use a broom if you cannot reach your alarm.

If you do not hear a sound when testing your smoke alarm, contact your nearest Housing office as soon as possible.

How to maintain your smoke alarm

Keep the alarm clean and free of dust using a broom, duster or vacuum.

Keep the alarm dust free using a broom

Do not cover the alarm with tape, paint or other items.

Do not cover the alarm with tape

Do not disable or remove the alarm.

Read more about smoke alarms and how to prevent false alarms.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017