Smoke alarms

In the Northern Territory, photoelectric smoke alarms are now a legislative requirement.

All residential premises, moveable dwellings, caravans and temporary accommodation, including safari-style tents must have, as a minimum requirement, a working photoelectric smoke alarm installed by 01 November 2011.

Go to the Police, Fire and Emergency Services website for information on the law and recommended placement of your smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms can save your life. The cost of a smoke alarm is cheap insurance for your life and the lives of your family and household members.

Smoke alarm prices can vary depending on brands, types and features. Many hardware, home supply or general merchandise stores, fire protection companies and electrical retailers carry smoke alarms.

The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service recommend you buy an alarm that carries the Standards Australia mark.

Only working smoke alarms save lives, ensure you have a maintenance program for your smoke alarms.

  • Test your smoke alarms at intervals of not more than 12 months
  • Immediately replace a smoke alarm that does not function when tested
  • Immediately replace a stand-by battery in a wired smoke alarm if the battery is spent or almost spent
  • Clean your smoke alarms in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions at intervals of not more than 12 months
  • Do not paint over your smoke alarms.
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