Smoke Alarm Solutions Perth
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Do I legally need a smoke alarm?
Just like RCDs, smoke alarms have become mandatory under Wesestern Australian law. To put it bluntly, this is because you are 4 times more likely to die without a working smoke detector. For the most part, no matter how big your nose is, you can not smell in your sleep. If a fire does occur while you are asleep, you won’t be able to smell the smoke. Here is where an alarm becomes life saving and alerts you and your family to the emergency at hand.
How many smoke detectors do I need?
The amount of smoke detectors needed in your home depends on a few factors. Whether your home is single-story or multi-level, the number of bedrooms, and your floor plan all contribute to how many alarms you are legally required to have. The DFES (Department of Fires and Emergency Services) WA requires alarms in new houses to be interconnected if there is more than one, and be permanently connected to the main power supply. They also need to be under 10 years old. It’s a lot to take in but we can talk you through the legalities, and come up with an installation plan for your home.
Types of smoke alarms
There are two main types of smoke alarms for use in residential homes. These are ionisation and photoelectric. Photoelectric smoke detectors have a light sensor and pick up smoldering material, ionisation detectors are more responsive to flames. As house fires tend to smoke for a long time before bursting into flames, a photoelectric alarm is about 5 times faster at detecting these types of fires. The DFES recommends the use of photoelectric alarms over ionisation and so do we.
If you live in an older home you may already have battery powered smoke alarms not connected to the main power. This is ok as long as they comply with the West Australian Standard. We recommend lithium powered alarms that last up to 10 years so you don’t have to frequently change batteries. To find more information about Western Australian standards click here.
No matter what type or how old your smoke detectors are, you should test them regularly and replace the batteries annually. (Smoke detectors connected to the main also have backup batteries so keep this in mind).
Preventing False Alarms
The only thing worse than burning your toast in the morning is setting the fire alarm off too! Save yourself the hassle of being late to work because you were waving a tea towel in the air and call Scott Comms to install your alarms in the correct position. This means away from appliances producing heat like ovens and toasters, and away from windows and doorways. In the event of a real fire, open windows and fans may prevent real smoke from reaching the alarms. Our electrician Perth team will install your smoke alarms in the correct position and provide a Safety Certificate to comply with government laws.