Smoke Alarms checking and maintenance

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Smoke Alarms checking and maintenance

Why you need working smoke alarms

When you’re asleep, you lose your sense of smell. Don’t assume your smoke alarms are working. Press the button to check.

Smoke alarm maintenance

It’s important to maintain smoke alarms regularly and check that they’re working.

Maintenance guide:

LONG-LIFE AND BATTERY* SMOKE ALARMS

Once a month
Press the test button to sound the alarm

Tip - if you cannot reach the button easily, use a broom handle

Every 6 months
Vacuum or dust your smoke alarms to help reduce false alarms

Every year
Check the expiry date. This is usually located on the bottom or side of the alarm. If your smoke alarm does not have an expiry date on it, it is best to replace it.

Every 10 years
Replace all smoke alarms with new long-life photoelectric smoke alarms.

*If you have a replaceable battery smoke alarm, replace the battery every year. Please note: Your alarms will start to beep regularly if the battery is low.

HARD-WIRED SMOKE ALARMS

Follow the testing and maintenance schedule provided by the installer.


If you need further assistance please contact a member of the New Zealand Fire Protection Association (NZFPA) or visit their website http://www.fireprotection.org.nz/

Checking the expiry date on your smoke alarm

This is usually located on the bottom or side of the alarm. If your smoke alarm does not have an expiry date on it, it is best to replace it.