All new dwellings and consented alterations are required to have smoke alarms installed. No matter how minor the work carried out on a dwelling, if it requires a Building Consent, the whole dwelling must be upgraded with smoke detectors in order to comply with the Building Code.
Where do I need to install Smoke Alarms?
Smoke detectors must be located
- on the escape routes on all levels within the dwelling.
- located in either every sleeping space or within 3 metres of every sleeping space door, so that the alarm is audible to occupants on the other side of a closed door.
Smoke alarms are to be installed on or near the ceiling, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. View the newest info from New Zealand Fire Service link about buying and installing Smoke Alarms.
The smoke detectors may be battery powered, and are not required to be interconnected. But they must have a ‘hush’ facility with a 60-second minimum duration. They should also have a test facility (usually a button or switch) that is easily accessible.
Smoke alarms shall be listed or approved by a recognised authority as complying with at least one of:
- UL 217
- ULC S531
- AS 3786
- BS 5446 Part 1
Maintenance – keeping Smoke Alarms in good working order
Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance advice. Generally, it is advised that on a monthly basis you should:
- Confirm that the alarm still works by pressing the test facility located on the outside of the device. Replace dead batteries immediately.
- Gently vacuum the dust that gathers on the device. Do not take the alarm apart or off its mount to do this.
For further information on smoke alarms and building consents, please contact the Building Unit of your local Council.