Fire safety and smoke alarms in public housing

Smoke alarms in your home

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

Find out how to check your smoke alarm. If it does not work, contact your nearest housing office.

What a smoke alarm does

Smoke alarms are early warning systems that detect smoke and fires and sound an alarm.

Smoke alarms help protect your life and your property. They should not be removed or damaged.

How long smoke alarm batteries last

Your home has been fitted with an approved photo-electric smoke alarm.

Your alarm has one of the following types of batteries:

  • a lithium battery which lasts up to 10 years
  • or it is hard-wired to your home’s electrical system and has battery back-up.

Lithium batteries in your home will be replaced on expiry by the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development.

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Last updated: 01 July 2019

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