Smoke alarms can save your life. However, you must make sure they are working perfectly and installed properly. Our team of Fully Qualified Master Electricians can ensure proper smoke alarm installation according to Australian Standards. We make sure that the alarms will give you the warning during emergencies. It is your safety which is why there is no reason to delay this.
The team at Eco Electrical Services Brisbane will do the installations and make sure the visual and audio indicators are working as they should be. It is difficult to know if the smoke alarms are indeed working by just looking at them.
What should be done is to allow our professional electricians inspect the smoke alarms. Regular smoke and heat alarms are not suitable for everyone, and not everyone can respond or escape quickly if there is a fire. However, there are different kinds of fire detection and prevention systems available to help keep everyone safe.
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From 1 January 2017
All new homes or units and substantially renovated homes or units that are subject to a building application submitted from 1 January 2017, will require the installation of hardwired, photoelectric interconnected smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms in the dwelling must:
be photoelectric (AS3786-2014); and
not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
be hardwired to the mains power supply with a secondary power source (i.e. battery); and
be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together. The legislation requires smoke alarms must be installed in the following locations:
on each storey
in each bedroom
in hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
if there is no hallway, between the bedroom and other parts of the storey; and
if there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.
Photoelectric smoke alarms, detect visible particles of combustion and respond to a wide range of fires. Any existing smoke alarm being replaced from 1 January 2017 must be a photoelectric-type alarm which complies with Australian Standard 3786-2014. If a smoke alarm which is hardwired to the domestic power supply needs replacement, it must be replaced with a hardwired photoelectric smoke alarm. In existing domestic dwellings, it is possible to have a combination of smoke alarms (240v and battery operated) and interconnectivity can be both wired and wireless.
Smoke alarms must not be placed within:
300mm of a corner of a ceiling and a wall
300mm of a light fitting
400mm of an air-conditioning vent
400mm of the blades of a ceiling fan.
There are special requirements for stairways, sloping ceilings, and ceilings with exposed beams. Every dwelling is different so you will need to assess yours. Avoid installation in the following positions:
in dead air space. This is an area in which trapped hot air will prevent smoke from reaching the alarm. This space generally occurs at the apex of cathedral ceilings, the corner junction of walls and ceilings, and between exposed floor joists.
near windows, doors, fans or air-conditioners. Excessive air movement may prevent smoke and gases from reaching the smoke alarm or cause nuisance alarms.
Accidental alarms can be a nuisance and become dangerous if home owners remove the alarm batteries or disable an interconnected system to silence the alarm. Nuisance alarms can be avoided by not placing alarms in or near kitchens where cooking smoke can set them off, or in or near bathrooms where steam often causes accidental alarms. Also avoid insect infested areas, as insects flying into the alarm can trigger an alarm.