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10 Smoke Detector Alarm Tips

10 Smoke Detector Alarm Tips

10 Smoke Detector Alarm Tips to Keep Your Home Safe Monthly checks – It’s a simple task, once a month press the test button and you will hear a loud audible alarm. Sometimes it will take a second or two before the alarm sounds. No alarm means a flat battery or faulty smoke detector. 93% of us don’t do these checks! Replace the battery – Once per year change the smoke alarm battery. Do this regardless of whether the battery is working or not. Choose a date – Choose a specific monthly and yearly date for the monthly test and yearly battery change. Perhaps first day of the month and first day of spring?     Clean Me – It’s out of sight up there on the roof but needs a quick dusting or run the soft vacuum nozzle over it. This will keep the sensor area free of dust and cob webs and ensure the smoke detector will work correctly. Not Paintable – Do not paint the smoke detector. The sensors for smoke can be damaged by paint. If you’re having the house painted be sure to mention this to the painter, unfortunately we come across painted smoke alarms regularly. Mains Powered – If you don’t have any mains powered smoke alarm and still relying on cheap battery only alarms, it’s time to upgrade! Mains powered alarms still have a battery backup for your safety.     10 Years Old – 10 Years is the recommended lifespan for a smoke alarm and at this stage it is a good idea to have it replaced. This is also a...
Correct Smoke Detector Installation

Correct Smoke Detector Installation

Correct Installation of Your Smoke Detector In Part Two of this Blog we discussed the most common types of smoke detectors. In Part Three I’ll go through the correct installation and legislative requirements. In South Australia, legislation is in place to make smoke alarms compulsory for all Class 1 and 2 buildings. In simple terms this includes residential homes. Homeowners and landlords are required, by Regulation 76B under the Development Act, 1993, to install battery powered or hard-wired (230 volt mains powered) smoke alarms. Too often we find homeowners have complied with minimum requirements and that landlords have not met theirs, at which point we like to educate them! Homeowners and landlords are liable for a fine of up to $750 if a working smoke detector is not fitted. Since the 1st January 1995 all new homes have been required to have mains powered smoke alarms fitted. For buildings built prior to 1st January 1995 and if there was a change of ownership from 1st February 1998 onwards the new owner must install a smoke detector within 6 months. The smoke detector must be mains powered or a 10 year sealed non-replaceable permanently connected battery smoke detector. If there has been no change of ownership since the 1st of February 1998 and the building was built prior to the 1st January 1995 the minimum requirement is that smoke alarms should be fitted by 1st January 2000. Up until recently the Building Code of Australia (BCA) did not require the interconnection of multiple smoke alarms within a building, even though smoke alarms themselves had this functionality available. As of 1st...
Smoke Detector Alarms in Adelaide – Part 2

Smoke Detector Alarms in Adelaide – Part 2

Smoke Detector Alarms in Adelaide – Part 2 Which Smoke Detector Is Right For Your Home Part One of this blog described the reasons for having a smoke detector and general upkeep. In Part Two, we discover the different types of detectors available and how they work. I’ll also go into some of the science behind why a house fire is so dangerous. There are two main types of smoke alarms, photoelectric and ionisation. Through research it has been revealed that photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at detecting smouldering fires and fires that have started in areas that are not within close proximity to the alarm. An ionisation alarm is more effective detecting flaming fires. Within our houses it is possible for a smouldering and a flaming fire to occur. However the recommendation is still for photoelectric alarms to be installed in a house. For homes which already have ionisation alarms it is recommended that interconnected photoelectric alarms be added to the installation. When the ionisation alarms reach their 10 year expert they should be replaced with photoelectric alarms. Smoke Alarm Interconnection Smoke alarms are now able to be ‘interconnected’. This means smoke alarms positioned around the house have a cable separate to the mains supply cable connected to all of the alarms, providing an interconnection. The benefit of interconnected is that when one alarm detects smoke and activates, all of the alarms in the house will activate their warning sound. This is extremely important to help with early warning and especially assists in houses with children, double story or of a design that limits sound travel. Imagine...
Smoke Alarms – Part 1

Smoke Alarms – Part 1

Smoke Alarms in Adelaide – Part 1 A guide to smoke detectors and smoke alarms. Why do we need smoke alarms? The smoke from a house fire causes eye irritation and blurs vision. House fires also produce poisons in the smoke that cause disorientation, impaired perception and confusion. This combination of effects, reduce the ability for us to find an exit during a fire. A smoke alarm provides an early warning that is needed to save lives and reduce property damage. Here are some interesting facts; When asleep you lose your sense of smell. A small fire can grow to engulf a bedroom or small room in 4 minutes. There are approximately 11,000 house fires per year in Australia. Statistics regarding smoke detector checks from the 2015 Duracell Fire Safety Study: 93% are not undertaking monthly checks. 3 million people in Australia have never tested their smoke detectors. In South Australia there were 836 fires in 2014. There were also 2 avoidable deaths which could have been prevented with working and well maintained smoke alarms. Consider that most fire related deaths are the result of inhalation of poisonous and toxic gases produced during a house fire, and not direct contact with flame. You can see why it is then imperative to fit an early warning device; the smoke alarm or detector. Just as important is that we need to correctly maintain, check and know when replacement is due of all types of smoke alarms. Maintaining Your Smoke Detector Once a year, or if the battery warning beep sounds before, replace the battery with the correct type according to manufacturer...