December 19, 2023

The Importance of a Smoke Alarm Test 

Smoke alarms play a pivotal role in safeguarding lives and properties from the devastating effects of fires. However, simply installing smoke alarms is not enough; they must undergo regular smoke alarm tests to ensure they function reliably in the event of a fire.  

Understanding a Smoke Alarm Test 

A smoke alarm test serves as a critical assessment of a smoke alarm’s functionality and reliability during a fire event. It’s no use putting up smoke alarms and forgetting about them. They need to remain in good working order with annual inspections and testing, and an additional test conducted at the change of tenancy, regardless of whether a year has passed since the last test.  

At Smoke Alarms Australia, our technicians perform thorough smoke alarm tests during every service visit. This assessment goes beyond a simple push button test. Here’s what our team will check for: 

  • Battery and alarm expiry dates: Ensuring that both batteries and alarms are within their recommended service life.  
  • Alarm positioning: Confirming that alarms are strategically located and not within ‘dead air space’ zones - where smoke might not reach, thereby failing to trigger an alarm. 
  • Battery functionality: Verifying that the alarm’s battery is operational.  
  • Artificial smoke test: Conducting an artificial smoke test to simulate a real fire event and validating the alarm’s response.  

A smoke alarm technician performing a smoke alarm test in the kitchen of a residential home. The technician is holding the smoke alarm, checking the battery, and there is an artificial smoke simulator nearby. 

Responsibility for Smoke Alarm Tests

In a rental property, it is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure that smoke alarms are properly fitted in homes and that they meet the compliance standards of the Building Code of Australia and the Residential Tenancies Act in their respective states.  

Smoke alarm legislation differs from state to state. Compliance can be complicated, but we make it easy.  Read more on our Resources page

Smoke Alarms Australia offer a set-and-forget annual subscription service, taking care of all aspects of smoke alarm safety and compliance. We will inspect, test, and maintain smoke alarms and provide reports to your property manager or agent.  

Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can help keep your landlords compliant and tenants safe. 


Licence - NSW 225414C, VIC 24374, ACT 2014903, QLD 73281, WA EC011144
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