SMOKE DETECTORS AND ALARMS


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Functioning Smoke Detectors and Alarms Keep You Safe

In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. 
 
In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames. 
 
A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. But did you know that there are two different types of smoke detectors and smoke alarms?  
 
The first type works on the principle of ionization and the second is of the photoelectric type. The ionization type are better at detecting fast-flame fires and the photoelectric smoke detectors are better at detecting slow smouldering fires. In tests, ionization alarms will typically respond about 30 to 90 seconds faster to “fast-flame” fires than photoelectric smoke alarms. However, for smouldering fires, ionization alarms respond an average of 15 to 50 minutes slower than photoelectric alarms.

Which type do you need?

Fire services encourage the use of photoelectric alarms as it gives property occupants the foresight to leave at the early stages of a fire. Consequently, the overwhelming majority of smoke detectors and alarms installed in Australian homes are of the photoelectric type. 

What else do I need to consider when installing a smoke alarm?

Another difference to consider when installing a detector to your home or investment property is whether it is battery powered or from connected to the 240 volt mains power supply. The best type you can install is the types connected to the mains power type that has battery backup – the best of both worlds. This ensures that you’ll always have an operational smoke alarm in the event of a fire. If you have a detector that accepts a battery, all fire services in Australia recommend changing batteries each year when daylight saving time ends – around April. The mantra being; change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery. 
 
Battery type alarms are becoming less prevalent in homes as the Building Code of Australia requires that a 240 volt, mains powered smoke alarm is installed if the home or residential rental property was built after 1 January 1995. All landlords should have a 240 volt mains powered alarm installed to their residential rental property for their peace of mind and protection against legal action and fines should the worst occur. 
 
Do you have a smoke alarm installed in your home and investment property? Do you know if they are working property? If you answered “no” to either of those questions, call us and we can ensure that your property is fitted with a working alarm. 


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