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Smoke alarm mounted on the ceiling with a kitchen in the background.

As the nights get colder, we need to stay warmer and unfortunately with this comes an increased danger of fires from heaters, fireplaces, cooking of hearty food, and electric blankets.

When you’re asleep, you lose your sense of smell. A smoke alarm is your electronic nose. A small fire can grow to involve an entire room in two to three minutes. A smoke alarm gives you time to escape.

If you don’t have a working smoke alarm installed in your home, and a fire occurs:

  • you are 57 per cent more likely to suffer property loss and damage;
  • you are 26 per cent more likely to suffer serious injuries; and
  • you are four times more likely to die.

Smoke alarms are legally required for most residences in Australia.

Please check your state or territory’s current requirements when replacing a smoke alarm, or when building or renovating. While the minimum may be one alarm per home, more alarms may be required depending on the layout of the home.

Under the Building Code of Australia, all homes built or substantially renovated since 1997 require mains-powered smoke alarms with battery back-up, and where there are multiple alarms, these may also need to be interconnected. Smoke alarms should be tested regularly.

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Just visit the DSHI website
or call 1300 552 662.

Defence Service Homes Insurance (DSHI) offers a range of home, contents and other insurance policies. We provide comprehensive cover with value-for-money premiums, providing the care and attention you deserve and peace of mind you can depend on. We can provide advice on how much to insure your home for, as well as an obligation-free check-up of your current insurance arrangements.

Smoke alarm package for the hearing impaired

Special alarms are available for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The alarms use strobe lights and shaking of beds.

DVA’s Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) provides a smoke alarm package for people with a significant hearing impairment. The smoke alarm package includes a photo-electric smoke alarm, a vibration pad and a flashing light. Before a DVA client can obtain the package, an audiologist must undertake an assessment and confirm a profound hearing loss, or a severe hearing loss in the better ear.

For more information on these special alarms, contact DVA on freecall 1800 555 254.

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