It is illegal to interfere with, or remove a smoke detector under Australian Law, specifically the Building Code of Australia (BCA). There is scope within the act for significant fines for this and, it is upon us to ensure smoke alarms are always operating.
FIRST REPORT OF AN ISSUE
In the first instance change the battery in ALL smoke detectors in an apartment (not just one), in a two bedroom there will generally be two smoke detectors, in a one bedroom there is often only one.
SECOND REPORT OF AN ISSUE
If changing batteries fails then we need to disconnect the existing smoke detectors and placing temporary detectors in there place. To disconnect the existing smoke detectors (DO ALL DETECTORS IN AN APARTMENT), open the device, remove the battery, bleed the device of reserved power by holding down the test button.
Place a temporary smoke detector next to each of the existing ones using 3m REMOVABLE VELCRO, press test button to ensure these are working.
- Temporary smoke detectors are held in a labeled tub in each location
- These must be logged out on the daily key report
- Log a support ticket so the landlord can replace, assign to Corporate Services
Ensuring the safety of our guests is all of our responsibilities, its simply negligent to do anything else and, should there be a fire, management may be charged with manslaughter if someone dies.