How often are strata buildings supposed to get a fire alarm safety check? – Virginia, NSW

There are a two factors that come into play when answering your query. They depend on the type of fire alarms currently installed and the contract with the fire company (if one has been engaged). Fire contractors depending on their contract either perform 1 or 2 inspections every 12 months. Secondly, if the smoke alarms currently installed are hard-wired to a lots electricity supply or common fire panel, then the Owners Corporation are responsible to maintain these, and therefore should be tested at least once a year. Smoke alarms not hard-wired in the lot are the responsibility of the lot owner and therefore testing these alarms, will be owners responsibility. Smoke alarms present on the common property should be tested at least once a year.