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[NSW] Free Smoke Alarm Installation for Eligible Tenants or High Risk Individuals @ Fire and Rescue NSW

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More of a PSA than a bargain, so please don’t broden it. So apparently NSW Fire and Rescue will inspect your premises to Supply and Install smoke alarms free of charge. Winter is almost around the corner especially the use of heaters and electric blankets considered as high risk.

Their property inspection will check for optimal placements and install them where appropriate.

Please keep in mind to not take too much of their time from attending to fires. Hope this saves your life and property.

You can submit your details for your local fire department to call you back.

Everyone can benefit from a Safety Visit, however there are people within our communities that are statistically at higher risk of incidents occurring, including:

  • Over 65’s
  • Those who live alone.
  • People with limited mobility, hearing impairments or vision impairments.
  • Residents who are supported by carers, family and friends.
  • And anyone with English as a second language.

This service is not available to landlords in untenanted premises, for landlords responsibilities please refer to Division 7A of Part 9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for more information.

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  • +5 votes

    Everyone can benefit from a Safety Visit, however there are people within our communities that are statistically at higher risk of incidents occurring, including:

    Over 65’s.
    Those who live alone.
    People with limited mobility, hearing impairments or vision impairments.
    Residents who are supported by carers, family and friends.

    • +1 vote

      And anyone with English as a second language.

      • +1 vote

        Why was I down voted? I am only stating what is on their website.

        Someone who can’t speak English would have trouble calling for the fire brigade.

        Are you saying those who cannot speak English deserve to burn in their house fire? Inconsiderate selfish people whoever downvoted.

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          It's probably more the; "Can't speak English? You're entitled to a free smoke alarm and installation"

          Are you going to give me a free seat-belt for my car because I like the colour blue? No? Then you must be suggesting people who like the colour blue should die in a car crash.

        • -7 votes

          Not speaking English doesn't entitle you to a freebie. Go and purchase one.

    • +5 votes

      True Ozbargainers just use their own farts to keep warm

  • +3 votes

    Perfect for the guy who can instatll in on his fence to deter the kids next door smoking

  • +3 votes

    Yeah… if you're going to ask a fire crew to go out of their way to come to you, inspect your place, spend their time talking to you about something you may not care about, and write up a report…so you get an $11 alarm… that's not what this is for.

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      I suspect they would prefer to see a house that’s not burnt down than attend to one with the entire family trapped inside it.

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      What about those hard wired alarm?

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      We never had an issue going out to talk to people about their smoke alarms, fire plans and fire safety. I dont think you'd find many volunteer or paid crews who would have an issue.
      But we were in a small town as Village Protection Unit with the nearest paid crew 15klms away..
      Also being a small town knew where most of the elderly lived.

  • +3 votes

    Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (QFES) have a similar program called Safehome https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/community-safety/freeprograms/Pa.... The only difference is they don't supply and fit a smoke alarm, but they will tell you the best types to get (spoiler: it'll be infrared) and where best to place them.

    Similar to the OP, the program is mostly aimed at vulnerable people in the community. When I was a QFES auxiliary officer our station actually had a quota of Safehome visits we needed to complete, but please don't abuse it. Keep in mind the vast majority of the state is covered by auxiliaries and volunteers who do these mostly in their own time.

  • -1 vote

    Don't waste their time and yours. They can't replace your hardwired alarms, which are required by law in houses built after 1997, this is a half arsed scheme by shiny arses trying to earn themselves a medal. This scheme is a huge waste of time and resources.

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      And a lot of elderly are living in places built long before 1997 so if it saves 1 life or 1 family its a brilliant project.

      YMMV.

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        There was already a good project in place for that, but guess what, the elderly will now have to get in line behind every tom dick and harry who think they can get a free smoke alarm.

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    can the tenant apply for this checking for the property s/he rent?

    I don't own the property I live in though…

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      Do you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your house in which a person sleeps? Find the smoke alarm, press the test button with a broom handle, did it work?

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      The new law do require the landlord to do annual check on smoke alarm. But if you don't trust them, you can get something like this from Bunnings. https://www.bunnings.com.au/fire-pro-9v-photoelectric-smoke-...

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        And new laws coming in again at the end of this year in QLD

        The legislation changes will require residential properties to have a photoelectric interconnected smoke alarm with in each bedroom, living area, in hallways that connect bedrooms and at least one on every storey of a multi level property, in the most likely route to exit. To be compliant, a 3 bedroom, 2 storey house will likely need 5 smoke alarms, possibly more depending on floor layout.

        On top of fees for annual inspections and tests, this will add typically another $400 - 450 to pay to meet new regulations for each property.

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    I've never found a smoke alarm yet that wasn't a pain in the arse. Believe it or not but the hardwired one in the hallway outside my bedroom had a battery in it that could not be replaced. It just peeped away on its failing battery until I called an electrician in to remove it and put a new one in with a replaceable battery.

  • +2 votes

    Absolutely Perrrrfect
    Called my local fire brigade this morning for my elderly father, they arrived within 30 minutes, did a great safety check with a few clever recommendations and installed a brand new long life (10 yrs) fire alarm for him & tested it to make sure he could hear. What a wonderful service for the aged.
    Kudos to NSW Fire and Rescue, so much appreciated.

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      I assumed your dad got a free fire alarm replaced?

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        Yes fast & free service and 10 out of 10 for service with a smile :)