When applying for a building consent for a new home or alterations and additions to an existing home (e.g. installing a wood burner), you will also need to get smoke alarms installed. A code compliance certificate will not be issued if smoke alarms are not installed.
Smoke alarms may be battery powered and they do not need to be interconnected. They need to have:
To ensure your smoke alarm remains effective we recommended you clean it annually with a vacuum and test the alarm every month.
To meet building code requirements smoke alarms need to be installed on or near the ceiling:
Having a smoke alarm in every bedroom offers superior protection but is not a building code requirement.
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