Smoke alarm
install guide

Where do I install them?

In addition to the minimum requirement of one smoke alarm per level, Fire & Rescue NSW recommends installing smoke alarms in all rooms where people sleep and the hallways leading to sleeping areas.

Avoid fitting smoke alarms in or near your kitchen or bathroom.

The ideal position is on the ceiling between sleeping and living areas.

Use the plans below as a guide.

Single floor plan

  Smoke alarms for minimum legal requirement.

  Smoke alarms for recommended protection.

Multi-level floor plan

  Smoke alarms for minimum legal requirement.

  Smoke alarms for recommended protection.

How do I install them?

Hard-wired smoke alarms need to be installed by a licenced electrician.

Always install smoke alarms in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.

If it is difficult for you to fit one yourself, contact your local Fire & Rescue NSW station for advice.

Assistance with installation may be available in some circumstances. Click here for further information.

How do I throw out my old smoke alarms?

You can safely throw-out up to 10 ionisation smoke alarms in your household waste garbage bin.

If you need to dispose of more than 10, please read our safe disposal of smoke alarms factsheet.