Smoke Alarm Installations Brisbane
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.
- Houses built/renovated after 1 January 2017 have to comply with the new legislation.
- Houses sold or leased have to comply with the legislation by 1 January 2022
- All houses must be compliant by 1 January 2027
What is required:
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.
Types of Smoke Alarms:
There are many types of smoke alarms but generally there are 2 types:
- Ionisation Smoke alarm – this alarm detects small particles and are therefore better at detecting rapid burning fires, however these detectors are also know to be the alarms that are set off by nuisance smoke eg. burnt toast. Under the new legislation these smoke alarms are NOT to be installed. These smoke alarms do contain a small amount of radioactive material.
- Photo Electric Smoke alarm – this alarm detects smouldering fires and is activated when particles enter a light chamber. The QFES recommends these type of smoke alarms are installed. The power source and interconnections of this type of smoke alarms vary:
- 240V with battery back up
- Battery operated with 10yr lithium battery
- Battery operated with 9v replaceable battery
- Interlink via cabling
- Interlink via RF signal
Quality smoke alarms:
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.
Testing and maintenance:
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.