There’s no doubt that smoke alarms save lives. In Queensland, it’s estimated that three quarters of all home fire deaths occur in homes that don’t have smoke alarms.
In Queensland it is law that all homes and units must be fitted with smoke alarms so do you know your obligations?
- If your home was built before 1 July 1997, you must have at least one 9-volt battery operated smoke alarm
- If your home was build or significantly renovated after 1 July 1997, it must have a hard wired smoke alarm
- And all buildings submitted for approval from 1 May 2014 must have hard wired and interconnected smoke alarms.
In line with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, we recommend that all homes be fitted with photo electric smoke alarms.
A photo electric smoke alarm is considered more effective than other alarms as they can detect dense smoke or smouldering fires and are less prone to going off with false alarms (such as a overcooking the Sunday roast!).
There is also significant logic that should go into where your alarms should be positioned and this too is also governed by law. Our advice is don’t take the risk of guessing where your alarms should be positioned, seek out a specialist electrician for the installation of your alarms.
Once installed, be sure that you are maintaining your smoke alarm regularly by:
- Using the test button on your alarm every month
- Keeping your smoke alarm dust free
- Replacing the battery every 12 months
- Never disarming the alarm or removing the batteries
- Ensuring you adhere to the manufacturers expiry date
Unsure whether your home is as safe as it should be? Contact us today for a home safety inspection – we’ll check both your smoke alarms and their placement as well as conduct a safety switch check.