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Home Fire Alarm Device (HFAD)

 

Home Fire Alarm Device

What is HFAD?

A HFAD is an automatic smoke or heat detector which provides early warning of a fire by sounding an alarm to alert the occupants. A smoke detector is more effective in providing early warning of fire compared to a heat detector. It is therefore recommended for the primary protection of homes.

 

 

A HFAD is an automatic smoke or heat detector which provides early warning of a fire by sounding an alarm to alert the occupants. A smoke detector is more effective in providing early warning of fire compared to a heat detector. It is therefore recommended for the primary protection of homes.

 

The installation of HFAD(s) is mandatory for new residential premises, as well as existing residential premises carrying out fire safety works[1], with plans submitted by Qualified Persons to SCDF (or to any other government agencies e.g. BCA, HDB) on or after 1 June 2018.

 

It is not mandatory to install the HFAD(s) for existing residential premises not carrying out fire safety works. Nonetheless, existing homeowners are strongly encouraged to install HFAD(s) for their own safety.


SCDF recommends the use of HFADs that operate on a built-in battery that has a 10-year life span. Based on market rates, such HFADs cost around $50 to $80 each, excluding installation costs.

 

HFADs powered by dry-cell batteries may cost less at around $40 or less. However these batteries are not long-lasting and may need to be replaced frequently.

 

Do note that prices may vary among different retailers, and are dependent on the features that come with each device.

 

To find out more about the HFAD, please download the attachments below:

 

 

 

 

 

[1] Fire safety works are addition and alteration (A/A) works such as installation/re-location of fire doors, installation of roof over open balconies, and works involving walls that separate the residential premises from common areas, etc. If homeowners/residents are unsure of whether their proposed A/A works are considered fire safety works, they can contact SCDF at 1800 286 5555 or 68481730 for more information.