House fires are life-threatening, particularly at night when you are sleeping. Smoke from a fire will not normally wake you when you are asleep.
For smoke alarms to be effective, it is important they are adequately maintained and correctly located.
The operation of most smoke alarms can be readily checked by depressing a button on the outside of the alarm. The battery in most smoke alarms will need to be replaced each year.
Smoke alarms are required to be installed in each dwelling or sole-occupancy unit (flats, townhouses, units) in appropriate locations on or near the ceiling of every storey.
In rented premises, it is the owner's (landlord's) responsibility to install smoke alarms.
For more information on smoke alarms, please see: BLD0434 - Guidelines and Information for Smoke Alarms (pdf, 473KB)
For more fire safety information, visit Fire Rescue Victoria at www.frv.vic.gov.au