Injury and death caused by house fires could be prevented with the correct smoke alarm installation. A fire in Brisbane’s South in 2011 prompted the changes to Queensland smoke alarm legislation which came into effect on January 1st 2011. So what does this mean for you?
Smoke Alarm Legislation Guidelines
- When replacing or installing new smoke alarms they must be photoelectric
- If a smoke alarm is more than 10 years old it must be replaced
- Faulty smoke alarms must be replaced immediately
We also highly recommend the following:
- Photoelectric smoke alarm installation in every bedroom, hallway and on every level.
- Making sure smoke alarms are hardwired and interconnected with battery backup.
- Checking the working order of your smoke alarm yourself or having them checked by a licensed electrician. Unsure how? Watch my video.
Common Questions about smoke alarm installation
What is a photoelectric smoke alarm?
Photoelectric smoke alarms are more advanced than the old ionisation smoke alarms. They respond faster to most fire types as they are able to detect a smouldering fire. They are also less likely to react to a false alarm.
Why do they need to be interconnected?
The evidence strongly suggest that interconnected smoke alarms and installing them in bedrooms greatly increases the chances of you are your family escaping unharmed. In a fire all of the smoke alarms will activate.
Why do smoke alarms need to be hard-wired with a battery back up?
If smoke alarms are hard wired with a battery back up they will always work. There is the chance with purely battery operated smoke alarms that if the battery is dead and the smoke alarm has not been checked that it will not activate in a fire. With hardwired smoke alarms, even if the power has gone out then the battery back up will kick in.
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To ensure the safety of your family, do not hesitate, have your smoke alarms updated today.