A smoke alarm is a is an apparatus for the detection of airborne particulates (smoke) as a byproduct of combustion (fire) that incorporates an integrated alarm sounder. A smoke alarm may be stand alone, or interconnected with other fire detectors to alert the occupants of a building in the event of a fire. A smoke alarm is designed to Australian Standard AS 3786.
The objective of the Residential Tenancies Regulations is to prescribe matters authorised or required to be prescribed under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. In respect to fire safety in a residential property, the new legislation sets out requirements for tenants to maintain prescribed safety devices including smoke alarms and carbon monoxide fire alarms.