Smoke Alarm Installation Brisbane
In the words of the Mary Hopkins classic “Those were the days my friend”, all good things must come to an end and may be time to wish that trusty smoke alarm, that has faithfully guarded the family home for the last few years… adieu.. and into retirement. The same smoke alarm that was witness to the last 10 years of memories shared, now will sadly need to be replaced.
If you check under the smoke alarm, you will find 2 vitally important bits of information.
1. The date of manufacture or expiry. Alarms need to be replaced after 10 yrs of service.
2. There will also be an indication of the type of alarm, either Photoelectric or Ionisation. It has been legislation that only Photoelectric smoke alarms are permitted to be installed in Queensland since 2017.
What exactly is a Photoelectric smoke detector?
Did you know when you are asleep your sense of smell is asleep too? Photoelectric smoke detectors which are also known as optical or photo-optical, can actually detect visible particles of combustion. The can respond to range of fires, but respond very well to smouldering fires and the dense smoke given off by foam-filled furnishings or overheated pvc wiring. The advantages of these types of detectors is that they are not as prone to responding to cooking which can be so annoying when your burnt toast sets of the alarm. Also they do not contain any radioactive material and are great for general use. The general consensus from researchers is that Photoelectric detectors are generally more effective in protecting the home across a wider range of fires.
Other Maintenance Tips:
1. Ensure that the alarms are located in the correct position
2. Ensure that the alarms are secured properly, double sided tape might not be the best solution
3. Make sure that the power source is operating and connected. If you look up you should see a green light if your alarm is connected to the main
4. Test the alarms every 6 months
5. Make sure there dust or spiderwebs have not collected around the alarm
6. Vacuum the vents with a soft brush every 6 months
7. Keep insects out! It is worth spraying surface bug spray around the alarm, but NOT directly on the alarm
8. Replace batteries for battery operated alarms annually. When replacing batteries check with the manufacturers requirements and testing procedures
9. An annual vacuum to will get rid of any debris that may affect the performance of the alarm
If you have any questions, or would like us to carry the installation, give us call! 1300 853 564