19 per cent of homes in Adelaide do not have working smoke alarms

SA Smoke Alarm Stats

Alarming new research has revealed 19 per cent of Adelaide homes do not have smoke alarms.

Exclusive data obtained by Smoke Alarm Solutions and conducted by the SA Metropolitan Fire Service discovered the city’s firefighters responded to 528 fires in 2018. Troublingly 98 properties had no smoke alarms installed.

A further two per cent of homes had operational smoke alarms which had been disabled.

Despite the figures, the number of Adelaide homes with operational smoke alarms installed did increase three per cent in the past year (81 per cent in 2018 compared to 78 per cent in 2017). The research also revealed the SA Metropolitan Fire Service responded to 87 more fires last year compared to 2017.

The data also found the SA Metropolitan Fire Service attended on average 10.2 fire related incidents each week in Adelaide a jump of 1.7 fires per week compared to 2017 (8.5).

Smoke Alarm Solutions CEO Cameron Davis said the SA Metropolitan Fire Service research proves many South Australian residents are blasé about fire safety.

“Working smoke alarms should be in every home, but one in five Adelaide households are gambling with their safety and the lives of family and friends,” Mr Davis said.

"Nobody thinks it’ll happen to them, but there will be at least 44 house fires in Adelaide this month.

“Families and landlords have a responsibility to ensure their properties are safe. There is no better investment than an up-to-date and working smoke alarm.”

In South Australia it is compulsory to have domestic smoke alarms in all residential buildings. Homes owned prior to 1 February 1998 require a replaceable battery powered smoke alarm. Homes purchased on or after 1 February 1998 require a 240V hard-wired smoke alarm or a 10-year life lithium non-removable non-replaceable battery powered smoke alarm, while homes build on or after 1 January 1995 require 240V mains powered alarms.

In South Australia the owner of the property is legally responsible for the installation of the appropriate smoke alarms. Not installing a smoke alarm could attract a fine of up to $750.

The five most common causes of home fires in Australia are unattended / abandoned (when something has been left alone, usually cooking, electrical failure, falling asleep, overheating and mechanical failure.

Smoke Alarm Solutions is the largest provider of smoke alarm compliance and maintenance services to the Australian real estate industry. 

The company provides a comprehensive risk-mitigation service in South Australia, which ensures landlords do adhere to their legislative responsibilities, property managers meet their duty of care requirements and tenants are safe from the dangers of fire.

Smoke Alarm Solutions has also been proactive in educating the sector via its informative investor and Property Manager new legislation breakfasts.

Smoke Alarm Solutions primary aim is to provide a cost-effective and user-friendly service that will reduce the liability and stress surrounding such an imperative and intricate set of guidelines involved with smoke alarm compliance.

2018 residential fires in metropolitan Adelaide responded to by MFS firefighters

 

No. of incidents

No smoke alarm present

Smoke alarm disabled

 

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

Jan-Mar

86

154

19

23

2

3

Apr-Jun

95

141

20

32

2

3

Jul-Sep

135

128

31

26

0

1

Oct-Dec

125

105

28

17

5

1

Total

441

528

98

98

9

8