Smoke Alarms – It’s the Law

Is your home compliant?

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

All Smoke Alarms must meet the Australian Smoke Alarm standards AS 3786:2014. It’s the Law. No other Smoke Alarm should be installed.

All Smoke Alarms older than 10 years old must be replaced.

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Smoke Alarm Installation

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. A smoke alarm installation is relatively quick and easy and our licensed Electricians are trained to ensure they are positioned correctly and installed compliantly to leave your house and family safer.

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Smoke Detector Installations Protect your family and home from fire

Smoke detector installation and maintenance 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 like smoke alarms in place. Most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep. Correctly positioned and fully functioning Smoke Alarms installed by professional smoke alarm companies help limit the damage and cost caused by fires by detecting them early.

Why photoelectric smoke detectors?

There are two main types of smoke detection for home use: photoelectric and ionisation. If you are unaware which type of smoke alarm 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.

diagram showing photoelectric smoke detectors vs old ionisation detectors
diagram showing photoelectric smoke detectors vs old ionisation detectors

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 smoke 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.

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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 Smoke Alarms are recommended by the various Fire Authorities and smoke alarm companies and are mandatory in Queensland. If you don't have them, you should consider booking a smoke alarm fitting today.

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 back-up working battery.

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Life expectancy of Smoke Alarms

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 you must book a smoke alarm installation if they are over 10 years old (Note: the date should be stamped on the back of the detector).

Smoke Alarm installations

All our mains powered Smoke Alarms are installed by a licensed electrician* who is trained to ensure the Smoke Alarms are compliantly installed in the correct locations and functioning correctly to give you peace of mind.

* In Queensland we use Licensed Electrical Sub-Contractors

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Optional Smoke Alarm Controller

To be fixed to any easy access and convenient wall within your home the Emerald Smoke Alarm Controller provides an effortless method of testing, silencing and locating triggered smoke alarms without the need to reach up to the alarms on the ceiling.

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

Is your home compliant with State Regulations?

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NSW

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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 with a 10 year lithium battery back-up,
photoelectric, interconnected Smoke Alarm.
Model # EP-240-10

$98

$98

$98

$98

$98

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

$98

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$98

$98

240V hardwired with a 10 year lithium battery back-up,
photoelectric Smoke Alarm.
Model # EP-240-10

1YR battery powered smoke alarm

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$98

$98

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10 year lithium battery powered, photoelectric,
stand-alone Smoke Alarm.
Model # EP-10

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$98

$98

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Optional – Smoke Alarm Controller

 $49

Electrician Compliance Fee

 $33

$33

$33

$33

$33

benefits of smoke alarms
benefits of our smoke alarms

Contact Us

Book your Smoke Alarm Installation

Victoria

  • 03 7065 2222

Queensland

  • 07 2113 3300

New South Wales

  • 02 9051 0788

South Australia

  • 1300 066 334

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