Dead air space is where trapped air can prevent smoke from reaching a smoke alarm and setting off the warning siren. We have completed more than 1.7 million service calls, and we find many of those are not compliant due to being located in “dead air space”. There is too much at stake if alarms are not placed in the correct position. It only takes one alarm in the wrong position to put an entire household at risk.
We can ensure your tenants and their families are protected by correctly installed, compliant, and working smoke alarms.
We will always replace an existing alarm in a like-for-like position, unless it does not meet the standards set by the Building Code of Australia.
Suppose an alarm is in the incorrect position and needs to be moved. In that case, our technician will place a temporary plastic cover plate over the area of the original alarm to ensure there are no visible holes.
Landlords must be advised it is not the responsibility of SAA to have the ceiling or wall repaired, painted, or patched.
Safety is our number one priority and continuing to educate landlords, and their tenants on proper smoke alarm placement and servicing regulations is our goal.
An article published by Macquarie University in 2019 discusses that more than 900 people died in preventable residential fires in Australia over 14 years. The article says that more Australians are killed in residential fires each year than through other natural hazards.
This statistic is shocking. Why risk a life simply because the alarm is situated in the wrong place.
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