Working smoke alarms are required in every rental property in New Zealand. Smoke alarms are to be installed 3 metres of each bedroom door or in every other room where a person sleeps. When your sleeping you lose your sense of smell, so don’t assume your smoke alarms are working. Check them regularly by pushing the test button to sound the alarm. Fire can spread incredibly fast. You can protect yourself and others in your home by taking 5mins to check your smoke alarm is in working order.
Handy tip: if you can’t reach use the end of a broom.
Head over to the Fire and Emergency website for an easy-to-follow maintenance guide https://fireandemergency.nz/at-home/smoke-alarms/