Be a proactive tenant: ensuring fire safety with smoke alarms

Now is the time to be a proactive fire safety tenant. Being proactive will save lives and from smoke alarm failure fines of up to $4000.00.

Now is the time to be a proactive, fire-safe tenant – this can save lives. We want to keep you safe, but we do need your help here as well!It is essential to check each alarm. We are required to have smoke alarms installed within three meters of every bedroom and on each floor of a home – and we’ll make sure of that but we want to bring you up to speed on your part here as well.

So – there are two types of smoke alarms: the modern Cavius alarm that does not require batteries and the older style, battery-powered alarm.

Here is an example of a Cavius alarm:

And here is a battery-powered alarm:

If your alarm is battery-powered, make sure it has a working battery by pushing the test button on the alarm to hear the beep, indicating it is still functioning. If it doesn’t beep, replace the battery (this is the tenant’s responsibility) and check the expiry date.

If you have a Cavius alarm, simply push the bottom of the alarm to hear the beep, indicating it is still working.

So here are a few things we need from you:

  • Please do not damage, remove, or disconnect a smoke alarm.
  • Replace dead batteries during the tenancy if they are battery-powered smoke alarms. If this does not work or you notice the alarm has expired, please contact your property manager as soon as possible.
  • If a Cavius alarm is not beeping when you test it, please get in touch with your property manager as soon as possible as well.
  • If you have any issues or are unsure about your alarms, please get in touch – we are here to help!
  • For further information from Fire Emergency New Zealand, please visit : https://fireandemergency.nz/at-home/smoke-alarms/

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