A lifesaving device in emergencies, can you be 100% sure that your smoke alarm is working properly?
Types of smoke alarms
Despite its small size, a smoke alarm is essential in any home and a great piece of security. Not only does a Smoke alarm detect Smoke but it also sounds an alarm to alert residents of heavy smoke or fire. Photoelectric and Ionisation smoke alarms are the 2 types of Smoke Alarms available today. Each alarm detects smoke and fire at different stages.
PHOTOELECTRIC SMOKE ALARMS
Photoelectric smoke alarms are able to detect smoke before there is a fire present. These types of alarms are sensitive to early stage smoke and allow residents to exit the premises at an earlier stage as the air is still safe to breath.
IONISATION SMOKE ALARMS
Ionisation smoke alarms generally detect the smell of smoke from flames and are widely used to detect fast flaming fires. Breathing issues may occur as this type of Smoke alarm takes relatively longer to respond. Visibility may also be an issue when trying to exit a room or building.
As trusted emergency electricians in Adelaide, we are well experienced and qualified in helping you install the right smoke alarm for your property.
Why should I have a smoke alarm?
If you don’t have a working smoke alarm installed in your home, and a fire occurs:
- You are 57 per cent more likely to suffer property loss and damage
- You are 26 per cent more likely to suffer serious injuries
- You are four times more likely to die
When you’re asleep you lose your sense of smell. A smoke alarm is your electronic nose. It will alert you if there is smoke from a fire. A small fire can grow to involve an entire room in two to three minutes. A smoke alarm provides early warning and time to escape.
SMOKE ALARMS ARE COMPULSORY IN EVERY HOME
Since 1st January 1995, South Australian law states that smoke alarms (complying with Australian standards AS 3786) must be installed in all homes, units, flats and townhouses. It is the legal responsibility of all owners and landlords to install working smoke alarms.
Residential homes constructed before 1st August 1997 need only 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms installed. Residential homes constructed after 1st August 1997 must have smoke alarms connected to 240 volt mains power. In addition a backup battery must be installed in the smoke alarm.
All fire services in Australia recommend photo-electric smoke alarms when installing or replacing existing smoke alarms.
ALL SMOKE ALARMS:
- Must contain a battery
- Need to be tested regularly
- Need to be replaced after 10 years