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Switch Board Upgrade Adelaide

Switch Board Upgrade Adelaide

Switch Board Upgrade Adelaide An electrical switch board, sometimes called MSB (Main Switch Board), Fuse box, power box or power board controls the electrical supply to your house. Most importantly it should ensure any faults in wiring or appliances are stopped before injury or fire can occur. When this happens a circuit breaker ‘trips’, a fuse burns out or a safety switch (RCD) trips. Wiring faults occur for a number of reasons. Often rats and mice can chew through cables in a roof or under a house. Electrical cable can become degraded over long periods of time, especially if not protected.  Old cables such as cotton covered, vulcanized rubber (black insulation) or cable inside split conduit is notorious for faults and poses an extreme danger. In these cases, you want the safety equipment in your electrical switch board to do its job and prevent fire or injury. Sometimes the fault is human error. Such as cutting through an electrical cable, handling an appliance with wet hands or a faulty appliance. In these cases it is mandatory the circuit protection work, including the safety switch to prevent injury and possible loss of life. An increase in electrical demand may necessitate the need for an upgrade. Often old boards have undersized cabling supplying the circuit protection and even more worrying we find burned out bare wiring behind some of them! An upgraded switch board also poses some other benefits. Circuit breakers are much easier to reset than a rewirable fuse. With correct labelling of the switch board it makes the task even easier! Multiple safety switches rather than a single safety...
Smoke Alarms in Rental Property SA

Smoke Alarms in Rental Property SA

Smoke Alarms and Legislative information for Landlords and Rental Properties   Smoke Alarms Smoke alarms are designed to alert the rental property tenants of a fire. There are two main types of smoke alarms, the ionisation and photoelectric smoke alarms. The photoelectric smoke alarm is recommended by the South Australian MFS. Research reveals that most homes and rental properties in Adelaide contain ionisation smoke alarms which do not give early enough warning in the case of a smouldering house fire. A smouldering fire is the most common type of house fire. The type of smoke alarm fitted can be checked by opening the smoke alarm as you normally would to reveal the battery compartment. It should be written on the label, however the easiest way to check is that all ionisation smoke alarms have a yellow and black radiation symbol. Photoelectric smoke alarms do not have this symbol, although the actual alarm itself looks the same. The best practice is to replace all ionisation smoke alarms with photoelectric alarms when they are due for replacement. Rental properties include the following; detached houses, row houses, town houses, villa units, sole occupancy units, some boarding houses, guest houses and hostels. Smoke Alarm Requirements Rental Property purchased before 1 February 1998 At a minimum a battery powered smoke alarm must be fitted. Rental property purchased on or after 1 February 1998 A mains powered smoke alarm OR A 10 year long life lithium battery smoke alarm must be fitted. This is required by Development Regulation 76B under the Development Act. Rental property built on or after 1 January 1995 A mains powered...
Photoelectric or Ionisation Smoke Alarms?

Photoelectric or Ionisation Smoke Alarms?

Photoelectric or Ionisation Smoke Alarms? On Boxing Day in 2011 celebrity chef Matt Golinski lost his wife Rachel and three daughters Sage, Willow and Starlia to a fire in their house. Matt was badly burned. The fire was believed to have started from Christmas tree lights or a power board. The family received no warning from 2 ionisation alarms fitted to the house, indicating the alarms did not provide an early warning for escape. By the time both parents awoke and were alerted to a fire, the house was engulfed. Matt was unable to battle through the heat despite repeated attempts to save Starlia. Rachel tried to save twins Sage and Willow and perished in the fire with her daughters. Five years later the Coroner’s findings also makes mention of the Slacks Creek fire in which 11 people died in 2011 and the views of various experts. Within there is a clear mention of the need to amend legislation to enforce photoelectric smoke alarms to be the only type fitted to Australian homes. Photoelectric smoke alarms are the only type of alarm recommended by all Australian Fire Brigades since 2006, yet there is no legislation to impose this. What’s concerning is that most homes in Adelaide contain ionisation smoke alarms once thought to be safe. Even worse, they are still being installed in some homes because they are cheaper than photoelectric smoke alarms and installers either aren’t aware of best practice and recommendations or quoting cheapest possible prices. Let’s find out why. Ionisation smoke alarms work by detecting very small smoke particles. So small in fact that the particles...
Why Adelaide Electric for Smoke Alarms?

Why Adelaide Electric for Smoke Alarms?

Why Adelaide Electric for Smoke Alarms and Your Adelaide Electrician? Simply, the safety of your family and loved ones. They’re important to you and just like a seat belt in your car, smoke alarms are there to protect you from unexpected accidents. As an Adelaide Electrician, it’s important to us as well. Smoke alarms give you an early warning and a chance to escape a fire and alert your family members. This can also give you a chance to call emergency services and possibly save your home and personal belongings going up in flames. You want the best smoke alarms available, when quality becomes more important than cost. At Adelaide Electric we install smoke alarms which are backed by local Adelaide support and Australian innovation and industry benchmarks. That’s important to us, so we’ve installed these products in our own homes. The picture you see in this blog is a photoelectric 10 year lithium battery smoke alarm I fitted just this week in my own living room that had no roof access to fit a mains powered smoke alarm. You want the earliest possible warning of a fire and peace of mind without nuisance alarms. We only install photoelectric smoke alarms which are the type recommended by the South Australian MFS as well as other Fire Authorities worldwide. There is currently a push to completely ban the common ionisation smoke alarm fitted and still sold and installed to most homes in Adelaide. In fact we still see the odd Adelaide Electrician fitting these smoke alarms! Although not legislation we choose to ONLY install the photoelectric type of smoke alarm....
Smoke Alarms – Replace your batteries Adelaide

Smoke Alarms – Replace your batteries Adelaide

  Smoke Alarms – Time to replace your batteries Adelaide At Adelaide Electric we are joining in the call with the South Australian MFS and other fire services to change your smoke alarm batteries. This Sunday, April 3 is the day Adelaide winds back clocks to mark the end of daylight savings. It’s also a good reminder to replace your smoke alarm batteries. Adelaide homes and businesses without working smoke alarms and correctly maintained smoke alarms are at risk of a house fire that can cause significant damage. Not only that, you are putting yourself and your family at risk of being seriously injured or killed in a fire. All too commonly we hear stories of house fires and deaths that have occurred due to no or not working smoke alarms. Every year it is recommended to change your smoke alarm battery even if the battery appears to be in working order. This also applies to mains powered smoke alarms with a backup battery. 10 year sealed long life lithium smoke alarms should not be opened or require a battery replacement. These units are sealed and cannot have the battery replaced for safety reasons. The end of daylight savings serves as a reminder date for us to replace our smoke alarm batteries. When you turn your clocks back, also replace the smoke alarm battery. It’s also important to press the test button and test the smoke alarm siren. At this time we recommend you perform your regular maintenance duties. This includes cleaning the smoke alarm with a light brush or a gentle soft brush vacuum cleaning. It’s a good...
Smoke Alarm and Detector FAQ Adelaide

Smoke Alarm and Detector FAQ Adelaide

Smoke Alarm and Detector FAQ What type of smoke alarm should I install in my Adelaide home? There are 2 main types of smoke detectors, the ionisation and photoelectric. Both types of smoke detectors will work however the photoelectric smoke detector is recommended by the MFS. This type of smoke detector is best suited to fires that occur in houses and will give the best early warning. I’ll take this opportunity to point out that most homes in Adelaide are fitted with the ionisation type as these were previously the recommended type. Another contributing factor is that the photoelectric smoke detector is more costly to purchase than an ionisation type. For this reason we are finding electricians in Adelaide are still fitting ionisation smoke detectors as they deliver the cheapest option for the customer. At Adelaide Electric we ONLY fit photoelectric smoke detectors in your home unless there is a specific requirement for another type of smoke alarm. If you are having a smoke alarm fitted by your electrician in Adelaide, please ask what type of smoke alarm they are fitting and why. Your family’s safety is important. How do I know what smoke alarm I have? With the cover of the smoke alarm open there should be a label inside indicate the type of smoke alarm. The other way to tell is that an ionization type smoke alarm will have a yellow and black radiation symbol. How often should I test my smoke detector? You should be checking your smoke detector once per month by pressing the test button and waiting for an audible alarm. If there is...