What are photoelectric smoke alarms and why they are important

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What are photoelectric smoke alarms and why they are important

What are photoelectric smoke alarms

What are photoelectric smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms play a vital role in ensuring your family is protected in your home. Photoelectric smoke alarms are used to detect particles of combustion. They are the new standard for smoke alarms today, these alarms are crucial for the early detection of a fire. Smoke detectors are proven to reduce the risk of death in a house fire by half. But for detectors to be effective, they must be working correctly.

Why should you upgrade?

More often, older homes will have ionisation smoke alarms installed. The problem with these alarms is that it takes significantly longer to detect smouldering fires. In some tests, older alarm (ionisation) reacted 15-50 Minutes SLOWER than photoelectric alarms. Another issue is that older smoke alarms are usually not interconnected and need to be replaced (According to new QLD legislation). Have you ever had an alarm triggered for no reason or beeping constantly? This is also a sign that your alarms are not working correctly or has a low battery. New photoelectric alarms can use mains power or a 10-year lithium battery. Photoelectric detect fires quicker, you will have fewer false alarms and beeps.


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QLD Smoke Alarm Legislation Changes

New legislation rolled out by the Queensland Government have been put into place for your safety and the safety of your family. The new legislation requires that all new or renovated residential properties that have been approved after 01 January 2017 must have a photoelectric smoke alarm system installed that is interconnected. CMC Electrical and Communications understand these new changes and can provide you with installing a new smoke alarm or yearly maintenance. You can also check how these changes affect you here.

New requirements for smoke alarms:

  • Located In every bedroom
  • On each storey
  • In hallways
  • if no hallway is present, it must be Positioned between bedrooms
  • Photoelectric
  • Smoke alarms are to use main power or operate on a 10-year non-removable lithium battery
  • They must connect with other alarms in the home

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I know if I need to replace my alarm?

You should replace your smoke alarm if your alarm fails to operate during a test or if it more than 10 years old.

Where should smoke detectors be installed in QLD?

Smoke detectors should be installed in hallways between bedrooms, In every bedroom for each storey. On storey’s without bedrooms, install smoke alarms on the path of the most likely exit.

Do you have to install a smoke alarm in the centre of a room?

Installing your smoke alarm in the centre is preferred but not required. Regulations state that smoke alarms on ceilings must be at least 300mm from corners or lights and 400mm from anything that may blow air, such as an air conditioner or ceiling fan. There are also special requirements for ceilings with exposed beams and sloping ceilings.

How often should you test a smoke alarm?

It is best practice to test your smoke alarm once a month.

Do I need an electrician to install a smoke detector in QLD?

Yes, a licenced electrician must install and hardwired smoke alarms in Queensland.

Do my smoke alarms need to connect together?

Yes, all homes must be interconnected, whether that is through wireless technology or wire.

Why Professional Smoke Alarm Installations Are Necessary

The latest regulations for the installation of smoke alarms affect all homes in Queensland. Many things must be taken into consideration when installing a smoke alarm. A professional installation using a licensed electrical makes sure that you get it done right the first time. Don’t be tempted to attempt to short cut the process. The new requirement of an interconnected smoke alarm means that you will require a licensed electrician to carry out the installation procedure. CMC Electrical and Communications are your smoke alarm experts!


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