A family home that does not have multiple smoke alarm or smoke detectors to alert you to a possible fire is very risky. For those homes that do have smoke detectors, the truth is that most smoke detectors are not routinely tested or even languish with dead batteries for weeks or even months which of course, makes them completely useless.
Sydney Local Electricians specialise in Sydney smoke alarm installation of hard-wired smoke alarm packages. To ensure your home is safe from the possibility of fire, call us today to have one of our Sydney smoke alarm installation electricians visit your home to install or replace your smoke alarms.
Which type of smoke detector or smoke alarm should I have installed? Photo-electric or Ionisation?
It is important to note that all mains powered smoke alarms must be installed by a registered Sydney smoke alarm installation electrician, comply with Australian Standard 3786 and carry the Australian Standards or the ActivFire labels.
Ionisation Smoke Alarm
Ionization smoke alarms ‘feel’ the smoke. They detect invisible combustion particles and activate quickly. Ionization alarms are good at detecting fast flaming fires with little visible smoke. This type of alarm is less prone to false alarms due to dust and steam but can be easily set off if placed too close to cooking.
Photoelectric Smoke Alarm
Photoelectric smoke alarms ‘see’ the smoke. These alarms detect visible particles of combustion. Photoelectric alarms are particularly responsive to smouldering fires which give off a lot of smoke. This style of smoke alarm must be cleaned regularly to ensure correct function and to avoid false alarms.
Sydney Local Electricians strongly recommends the use of photo-electric smoke alarms as they provide the best protection across a range of fires.
Location of your smoke alarm
Sydney Local Electricians will be able to recommend the location of your smoke alarm installation in Sydney , but here are some considerations to be made when installing smoke alarms:
Some properties have very high ceilings which may impede the normal functioning of smoke detectors or alarms. Smoke alarms may need to be installed closer to the kitchen area than usual so that it will operate in a normal fashion when needed.
Smoke alarms should be placed in between each bedroom and the rest of the house
If anyone in the home sleeps with the bedroom doors shut, an additional detector should be installed in that room
If you have a two storey home, you will require a smoke alarm on each level. It must be in the path that people use to exit
Testing and maintenance of smoke alarms
Sydney Local Electricians would like to remind you that smoke alarms have a limited life expectancy. They should:
Be replaced at least every ten years or sooner if triggered frequently
Be tested every month by pressing the test switch
Contain a battery backup – always keep a spare 9v battery handy so you are not tempted to deactivate your alarm until you buy a replacement. Long life lithium batteries are best to use.
When you need an electrician for smoke alarm installation in Sydney , call Sydney Local Electricians for all your smoke alarm installation and testing needs. We are available on 0415 11 66 22.