Legislative Requirements:

In South Australia hard-wired smoke alarms are compulsory for houses built since January 1st, 1995. All other houses must be equipped with at least 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms. When a house with 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms is sold, the new owner has six months to install alarms which are hard-wired to the 240 volt power supply or powered by 10 year life, non-replaceable, non-removable batteries.


Why Do You Need A Smoke Alarm:

Smoke obscures vision and causes intense irritation to the eyes. This, combined with the effects of the poisons in the smoke, can cause disorientation, impaired judgement and panic reducing the victim's ability to find an exit. Correctly located smoke alarms in your home give early warning of fire, providing you with the precious time which may be vital to your survival.

Fact sheets about fire safety on everything from electric appliances to extinguishing fires and escape plans, can be found on the MFS Website.

For information on fire safety in the home
, including:


• Common causes of house fires.

• Fire survival rules.

• General housekeeping for fire safety.

• House fire checklist.




• Sensor lights are an effective method of deterring intruders as they don’t need to be on all the time but are activated by movement. Lighting should be mounted well out of reach of tampering and, if possible, placed on all sides of your home.


• Leave lights on when you go out, or install and automatic timer for internal lighting.


• Don’t leave ladders or wheelie bins outside for extended periods as they can be used to gain entry to your home. Place them in a garage or shed if possible.


• Ensure your external doors are of solid core construction and fit doors with a deadlock or deadbolt, but leave the key in the door to allow for emergency escape.

• Install a quality security door which meets Australian standards. If you do not have a security door, install a peephole.

• Fit windows with key operated locks or security grills. Get your locks keyed alike so that one key opens all doors or windows. 

• If you have an alarm system, ensure it is turned on and serviced regularly.

• For smaller items of property, have them engraved or marked for personal identification so they are harder for thieves to sell.

• Keep your garage and garden shed locked with quality keyed locks at all times.