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26 June 2018

Winter is the perfect season to assess your property and ensure it is fit for rental according to Smoke Alarm Solutions, the largest provider of smoke alarm compliance and maintenance services to the Australian real estate industry. 

Currently 25 per cent [1] of properties in New South Wales wouldn’t pass a basic fitness test. Research conducted by Fire and Rescue New South Wales and obtained by Smoke Alarm Solutions reveals a quarter of the state’s properties do not have working smoke alarms.

A quarter of NSW homes do not have working smoke alarms

When compared to other states and territories, New South Wales is the worst performing state, with 25 per cent of homes without a working smoke alarm.

Fire and Rescue New South Wales investigations discovered 56 per cent of home fire deaths in New South Wales were in homes without a working smoke alarm.

The research also revealed the state’s firefighters attended more than 3,500 home fires in 2017, with the fatality rate of home fires double that of bushfires.

Smoke Alarm Solutions CEO Cameron Davis said he’s stunned 25 per cent of properties in New South Wales would currently fail a simple health assessment.

“Working smoke alarms should be in every home, but a quarter of New South Wales residents are gambling with their safety and the lives of their loved ones,” he says.

"Nobody thinks it’ll happen to them, but home fires will claim two lives in New South Wales this month.

“Families and landlords have a responsibility to ensure their properties are safe. There is no better place to start than with an up-to-date and working smoke alarm.”

Smoke alarms mitigating dangers of fire

New South Wales legislation requires all residents to have at least one working smoke alarm installed on each level of the premises. This includes owner-occupied homes, rental properties, relocatable homes, caravans, moveable dwellings or any other residential building where people sleep.

The four most common causes of home fires in Australia are unattended or abandoned cooking, electrical failure, overheating and mechanical failure.

Smoke Alarm Solutions provides a comprehensive risk-mitigation service throughout Eastern Australia, which ensures landlords adhere to their legislative responsibilities, property managers meet their duty of care requirements and tenants are safe from the dangers of fire. 

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[1] Fire and Rescue NSW
[2] Fire and Rescue ACT
[3] Metropolitan Fire Brigade
[4] Queensland Fire and Emergency Service
[5] SA Metropolitan Fire Service data