Smoke Alarms – The Life-Saving Detector
You’re asleep; your children are peacefully asleep also. Unbeknown to you, there’s a blown fuse in your house, it begins to spark, and smoke emanates. You’re awoken by a horrible, incessant noise: Beep…Beep…Beep… You rush out of your burning home, family in tow. You’re safe, you’re all safe, and in your moment of reflection, you realise the severity of what could have been without your smoke alarms.
Smoke alarm legal requirements
How many smoke alarms do you have in your home? Whatever the number, you need to be sure that you have a smoke alarm installed in all sleeping areas and exists, as well as passageways, or that are part of a path of travel to an exit. One thing is for sure that you can be confident that this simple piece of fire protection equipment is likely to save your life, in the event of a fire.
“Such a simple and inexpensive device that continues to saves lives.”
As it stands today, having a working smoke alarm is a legal requirement for all homes throughout Melbourne and in fact Australia. Why wouldn’t you have this inexpensive device installed throughout your home, protecting you and your family in the event of a fire? How devastating would it be to not only lose your prized possessions, but your family home too? Not to mention the danger that a house fire could personally cause to you and your family.
Residential fires in Melbourne
A significant number of fire deaths and fire related injuries in Melbourne occur in residential buildings, far more than in any other building type. Why? Because the type of materials found in homes, combined with the likely ignition source are common factors. Furthermore, fire deaths are most likely to occur when you, the residents are asleep, which is the most vulnerable time.
“All residential buildings should be fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms.”
Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA) asserts that all residential buildings require photoelectric smoke alarm installations throughout, in order to treat the highest fire safety risk in residential buildings. When visible smoke enters a photoelectric smoke alarm, it scatters and disturbs the light source, causing the alarm to sound.
10 Tips for keeping your home fire safe:
- Don’t smoke in bed
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Always check electric blankets for damage, e.g. frayed cords and turn them off when you go to bed
- Keep clothes, curtains and linen away from heaters and burning candles
- When using a clothes dryer, make sure you clean the lint out of the filter after each use
- Assign one appliance to each power point, to minimise the risk of overloading the circuit
- Turn off all appliances when you’re not using them
- Always extinguish candles and any other open flames before going to bed
- Store matches and lighters in a secure place, away from children
- Test your smoke alarms every three months. Do this by pressing and holding down the button, until it beeps.
5 Facts you need to know about your smoke alarms:
How often do I need to change my smoke alarm battery?
As a general rule, you should change your smoke alarm battery every 12 months. If you have a smoke alarm powered by your mains with a rechargeable battery, then there is no need to change the battery. Furthermore, if you have a 9 volt smoke alarm battery then you will have a 10 year warranty with this unit.
What does the green light represent on my smoke alarm?
The green light on your smoke alarm battery is to notify you that the unit is working correctly, and that the external power (240 volt AC or 12 volt DC) is on.
Why is my smoke alarm beeping for no reason?
If your smoke alarm is ‘beeping’ or ‘chirping’ at regular intervals when there is no fire, then you need to take steps to fix this. Firstly does your smoke alarm require a new battery? Or, is there dust or cobwebs in the unit, triggering the beep? Another reason could be that your smoke alarm is detecting a distinct change in the air temperature, e.g. hot air from your kitchen when you’re cooking food at a high heat may have triggered it, or if somebody has opened the bathroom door after taking a hot shower and steam has immersed. Furthermore, if your smoke alarm is still continually beeping, it could be that it has reached the end of its life cycle. Remove the smoke alarm and check the manufacture date on the back of the unit. If it’s more than eight years old, replace the actual smoke alarm immediately.
“Smoke alarms typically last between eight and ten years.”
Why is the test button flashing red on my smoke alarm?
Your smoke alarm performs a self-check at intervals of approximately every 40 to 60 seconds. The test button will flash red to tell you that it’s working correctly. Please note: Not all smoke alarms have this function.
How often should I test my smoke alarms?
You should check your smoke alarms every three months, for any signs of dust and cobwebs, etc. and test your smoke alarm’s battery also. You do this by pressing and holding down the button, until it beeps.
Prolux Electrical Contractors provide, check and install smoke alarms and smoke alarm batteries to residential homes and office buildings throughout Melbourne.
Call Prolux Electrical Contractors on 1800 800 880.
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