Smoke Alarms

It’s the Law

If your home is not compliant with State Smoke Alarm regulations, your home may not be covered by your home insurance.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms are life saving devices that detect smoke well before any sleeping occupant would and they provide critical seconds to implement actions to save life and property. Smoke Alarms are relatively quick and easy to install and our licensed Electricians are trained to ensure they are positioned correctly and installed compliantly to leave your house and family safer. 

Protect your family and home from fire

Installing and maintaining Smoke Alarms is one of the most important aspects of protecting your family and your home from a fire. The majority of fatal fires are caused by electrical faults, heating appliances and open fires. They will often start without notice and will quickly become a danger to your family and home if there are no effective warning systems in place. Most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep. Correctly positioned and fully functioning Smoke Alarms help limit the damage and cost caused by fires by detecting them early.

Why photoelectric detectors?

There are two main types of smoke detection for home use: photoelectric and ionisation. If you are unaware which type of smoke detector you have in your home, now is the time to check. You can do so by taking the smoke alarm down and look at the back for either “Photoelectric” or “Ionisation,” or a symbol with the letter “P” or “I” on the back. 

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Types of smoke detection

For the most part, it’s all about how they detect fires and importantly, how quickly they respond. Unlike Ionisation detectors, Photoelectric detectors do not contain any radiation. 

Photoelectric detectors aim a light source into a sensing chamber at an angle away from the sensor. If smoke enters the chamber, light is reflected onto the light sensor which triggers the alarm.

Photoelectric detectors are generally more effective across a wider range of fires experienced in homes, they respond quicker to smouldering fires and the dense smoke given off by foam filled furnishings or over heated PVC wiring.

Photoelectric Alarms are recommended by the various Fire Authorities and are mandatory in Queensland.

Advantages of Photoelectric Alarms include:

  Good for smouldering and fire dense smoke.
  Not as prone to cooking nuisance alarms.
  Contains no radioactive material.

Existing Smoke Alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago must be replaced and comply with Australian Standards AS 3786:2014 (Note: the date should be stamped on the back of the detector). Smoke Alarms that do not operate when tested must be replaced immediately. Existing hardwired Smoke Alarms that need replacement, must be replaced with a hardwired Smoke Alarms with a backup working battery.

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Life expectancy

Generally, Smoke Alarms have a 10 year working life, after which point their sensors can begin to lose sensitivity. The test button only confirms that the battery, electronics, and alert system are working; it doesn't mean that the smoke sensor is working. This is why all Smoke Alarms must be changed if they are over 10 years old (Note: the date should be stamped on the back of the detector).

All our Smoke Alarms are:
✓ Photoelectric  ✓ Compliant with AS 3786:2014  ✓ Contain a 10 year battery

Is your home compliant with State Regulations?

QLD

VIC

NSW

SA

WA

Smoke Alarms are to be installed in all homes (South Australia – Homes built since 1st January 1995 must have 240V mains powered smoke alarms fitted. All other homes must have a battery).

Smoke Alarms older than 10 years must be replaced.

Smoke Alarms must meet the requirements of AS 3786:2014.

Smoke alarms should be located between each area containing bedrooms and the remainder of the dwelling.

Smoke Alarms must contain a battery (Queensland – Require 10 year non replaceable battery. South Australia – Homes built since 1st January 1995 must have 240V mains powered smoke alarms fitted. All other homes must have battery powered smoke alarms).

Smoke Alarms must be interconnected, where if one alarm goes off, they all go off (Queensland – Current law for new buildings, by 1st January 2022 for premises sold and by 1st January 2027 for all existing buildings. South Australia – from 1st May 2014, all new homes (or homes undergoing extensions) must have interconnected smoke alarms fitted).

Smoke Alarms must be installed on each floor, in each bedroom, and each hallway connecting bedrooms to the rest of the home (Queensland – Current law for new buildings, by 1st January 2022 for premises sold and by 1st January 2027 for all existing buildings. Victoria – CFA recommends that smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom and living area).

Smoke Alarms must be installed on each floor of your home.

240V hardwired 10 year battery back-up,
interconnected Smoke Alarm.
Model # EP-240-10

$88

$88

$88

$88

$88

10 year lithium battery, photoelectric,
interconnected Smoke Alarm.
Model # EP-RF-10

$88

$88

$88

$88

$88

10 Year Lithium battery independent Smoke Alarm.
Model # EP-10

 

 

$65

$65

 

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