Smoke Alarms are devices that alert occupants of potential fires and giving them a chance to either evacuate or try to control the source of the smoke. These devices are extremely important when the occupants of a home are sleeping, especially in winter when it is cold and heaters are turned on to keep warm, or when using electric blankets, and even at Christmas time when festive spirits take hold and decorative lights are installed all over the house.
If your Smoke Alarm is beeping quietly every few minutes, this indicates that either the mains power supply to the Smoke Alarm is off or the back-up battery is dead. It is a recommendation to change the battery of your Smoke Alarms once every year. Most people choose to change them on April 1st (April fools day) as it is easy to remember and no one wants to be a "fool" when their family's lives are at potential risk.
Smoke alarms do have expiry dates and are required to be changed every 10 years to ensure the Smoke Alarm's functionality and your family's safety. Smoke Alarms are recommended to be tested via the 'test button' every month and replaced by a licensed electrician if the Smoke Alarm Fails to activate. When selling a residential home, smoke alarms MUST be less than 10 years old, hard wired or have a 10 year battery life if unable to hard wire. Smoke Alarm Legislative Requirements (dfes.wa.gov.au)
The purpose of a smoke detector is to sound an alarm when there is a fire in the house. There are two basic types of smoke alarms: the ionisation model and the photoelectric model. The method of detecting smoke differs radically. Due to its inability to consistently detect smouldering fires and the use of a small amount of radioactive material in the switch, ionisation smoke detectors are no longer compliant with current legislation. The photoelectric type is the only permissible smoke alarm installation in Perth, as it provides the best all-around warning about fires in the home.
There are two reasons why you must install smoke alarms in your home and office: it protects the inhabitants against the tragedy of fires, and it is dictated by law. Failure to install the proper detectors puts people at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and will lead to a hefty fine for non-compliance. We can quickly summarise knowing when and how to have smoke alarms installed:
It is both recommended and required that a licensed electrician installs or replaces the smoke detectors in your home, even though it is quite possible for the DIY enthusiast to handle the job. A quick rundown of the reasons will convince you that it is a better solution to use a qualified electrician:
We are trade qualified and licensed electricians in Piara Waters, Western Australia, and offer fixed-price installation and replacement of hardwired smoke detectors in Perth. Our work is fully compliant with current legislation using only the best and most reliable smoke alarms on the market.
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