Smoke alarms are a super effective life-saving devices that detect smoke with the help of a sensor, well before the occupant, sleeping or otherwise would. Smoke Alarms provide the occupant that valuable time needed to implement actions to save the life of themselves and loved ones and property.
Each year, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) attends approximately 4,500 residential fires in NSW alone. On average 21 fatalities occur in residential fires across NSW every year. According to FRNSW case study, 1/3rd to a half of those lives could have been saved if the smoke alarms in those homes were in good working order and had a Fire Escape Plan in place
The Building Legislation Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Act 2005 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Regulation 2006 commenced in NSW on the 1st of May, 2006. It states, that as a minimum requirements One Smoke Alarm is to be installed per floor in all residential and business properties. It includes rental properties, owner-occupied properties, caravans & campervans, and relocatable homes and/or any other residential building where people stay & sleep.
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It is necessary to hire professional services, who understand the importance of various guidelines and laws of your area because you might face problems when you choose a different installation. Ambient Electrical have years of experience which allows us to always work within the law and follow all the necessary guidelines to make your home safe.
Below are Further Regulations and Basic Guidelines:
- Smoke Detectors need to be located outside every bedroom
- If there are multiple Smoke Detectors it is recommended they be Interconnected allowing activation of all alarms when smoke is detected
- If the occupants are hearing impaired a strobe and or vibration device will need to be fitted.
- It is necessary to test the smoke alarm batteries every month by a simple method, which involves pressing and holding the test button for at least five seconds until it beeps.
- You should keep your smoke alarm free of outside particles as it will help to reduce false alarm situations and ensure smoke to easily reach the internal sensor.
- Replace lead or alkaline batteries every 12 months.
- After 10 years, replace all smoke alarms with new 10-year lithium powered photoelectric alarms.
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As an addition, FRNSW strongly recommends that you also install smoke alarms not only outside all sleeping areas but inside all bedrooms and in all paths of travel between sleeping areas and exits.
As well as having adequate fire alarms installed, the FRNSW asks that you:
- Have an escape plan in case of fire
- Never leave cooking unattended
- Check electric blankets for damage or frayed cords before putting them on the bed
- Make sure the chimney of your fireplace is clean
- Clean the lint filter in your clothes dryer after every use
- If possible, do not use power boards with multiple outlets
- Only use fuses of recommended rating and install an electrical safety switch.
- Keep a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket near the exit
Note: Any alarms installed after 1 May 2006 must comply with AS3786.
For further information on Smoke Alarms call Ambient Electrical on 0415 684 120
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What are the types of smoke alarms available?
Smoke Alarms can either be hard wired (connected to mains power with a battery back-up) or 12V battery powered only. Installation of hard-wired and interconnected smoke alarms are recommended by Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) to everywhere possible. If it is not possible to hardwire the alarms, then FRNSW recommends photoelectric alarms to be installed. Inbuilt 10-year lithium batteries lasts as long as smoke alarms, so you only need to replace the entire unit once every 10 years.
Two types of Smoke Alarms commonly installed are Ionization and Photoelectric. Case studies have proven that Photoelectric Smoke Alarms are more superior to Ionisation Alarms in most circumstances providing a faster warning.
Strobe light and Vibrating Smoke Alarms are available for people who are hearing impaired. For more information contact the Deaf Society of NSW on (02) 8833 3600.
Whatever type you choose we recommend that:
- Only Australian Standards AS3786 approved alarms be used.
- Every premise has a suitable number of working smoke alarms installed.
- Be installed on every level and in appropriate areas.
- Hard wired alarms must be fitted by a qualified electrician.
- All smoke alarms should be tested regularly and at least monthly.
- Replace the battery in each smoke alarm at least once a year.
- Replaced as per Manufacturer’s instructions.
- Cleaned regularly to maximise performance.