Smoke alarms play an important role in the safety of your family and home. It is important to ensure that these devices are correctly installed and maintained to ensure maximum protection. There are over 1200 residential fires every year and over 150 deaths since 2004. One call to Just-In Time Electrical and we can pop out and check to ensure that you have the correct type of smoke alarms and that they work correctly.
New legislation has come into play as of 1 January 2017 though the way/time the new rules come into play is different depending on the particular situation. For an overview of the legislation visit the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services fact sheet page.
Under the new legislation you will be required to have photo electric interlinked smoke alarms installed in bedrooms, hallways linking bedrooms and the egress path and on each level. A great way to ensure you comply with the new legislation is to get a free home visit by the fire department. They will come out and recommend the best installation for your particular situation, once this is done you can call Just-In Time Electrical to have your smoke alarms installed. You can either book on line here or call 13 7468.
There are many types of smoke alarms but generally there are 2 types:
Like anything you get what you pay for, a 10yr lithium detector is obviously going to be more expensive than a replaceable battery type however in the long run you will make that money up as you don't have to replace any batteries for the life of the detector. Other features that you want in a detector is an insect screen, although not fool proof this will help keep the little critters out and therefore reduce nuisance alarms and the need to replace the alarm.
Rental properties have specific requirements regarding testing of smoke detectors but for a standard residential premises you should be testing your smoke alarms every month and replacing the battery every 12 months (unless 10yr lithium battery). You can test the smoke alarm by pressing the test button normally located on the front of the alarm.