Be it your house or office premises, smoke alarms have long been included in the list of the most essential electronic devices required to ensure the safety and security of the people of Australia.
More than 50 people across Australia die each year as a result of home fires, with many more injured. Many of these homes do not have a working smoke alarm.
Only working smoke alarms can provide the critical early warning needed to save lives and minimise property damage. When you are asleep you lose your sense of smell. A smoke alarm is your electronic nose and will alert you if there is smoke from a fire.
A small fire can grow to involve an entire room in less than four minutes. A smoke alarm provides early warning and time to escape.
All smoke alarms:
- Need to be tested and cleaned regularly
- Need to be replaced after 10 years.
DFES recommends photoelectric smoke alarms.
Smoke alarm regulations require owners to have mains powered smoke alarms fitted to all residential properties in Western Australia that are subject to sale, rent or hire. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the smoke alarms fitted are:
- No more than 10 years old
- In working order
- Permanently connected to mains power.
How do I test and clean my smoke alarm?
Monthly: Test by pressing the test button with a broom handle
Yearly: Vacuum around your smoke alarm vents
Yearly: Use a surface insect spray around the smoke alarm to prevent insects nesting inside
Yearly: Replace your 9 volt battery each year on 1 April
Smoke Alarms Installation
When installing mains powered smoke alarms, always use a licensed electrician.
It is recommended that smoke alarms be located in all sleeping areas and in all paths of travel between sleeping areas and exits to the open air.
This includes sleeping areas in separate parts of the house and where sleep-outs or similar areas are not connected by a passageway to the main part of the dwelling.
At Bardwell Electrical we offer you the best smoke alarm installation so there is no need to worry. Our team of skilled professionals deliver impeccable quality service. So secure your life and eliminate even the slightest chance of any fire damage.