New legislation in Queensland stipulates that, by 2027, all homes must have interconnected smoke alarms installed. Interconnected smoke detectors detect the early signs of fire danger in homes more effectively than standalone models. This article will discuss how interconnected smoke alarms can provide added protection to Queensland households.
What Are Interconnected Smoke Alarms?
Interconnected smoke alarms are linked together and are able to relay messages regarding an emergency throughout the house. Any smoke alarm that goes off will cause all other alarms to activate, giving much greater protection. This ensures that all occupants are alerted to the impending danger and can take safety measures in a timely manner.
Why Should You Install Interconnected Smoke Alarms?
Interconnected smoke alarms are incredibly reliable in their analysis. Not only do they alert residents to the presence of dangerous smoke before it becomes visible, but they also determine whether the presence of smoke is a result of a genuine fire or simply caused by everyday activities such as cooking. This eliminates the nuisance of false alarms.
Kids’ bedrooms, which can be located on different floors or at the opposite end of a home, can be secured with interconnected smoke alarms. That way, even if smoke is detected in another room, the alarm will switch on and alert the children and other occupants to remain alert and take safety measures.
Interconnected smoke alarms are designed to be much more responsive in comparison to standalone smoke alarms. This vital head-start can help save lives, as occupants will have more time to vacate the premises and escape the spread of a fire.
Installing interconnected smoke alarms may also save you money in the long run. Many insurance companies offer discounts on premiums for homes with this type of alarm, as it demonstrates a greater effort to increase the safety of your home. This could help to offset the installation costs of these alarms.
How To Install Interconnected Smoke Alarms
As per legislation, it is necessary to contract a licensed electrician for your smoke alarm installation.
The first step is to ascertain the ideal location for each alarm. Placement of the interconnected fire alarms should be near bedrooms and in areas where escaping a fire is difficult, such as two-storey homes or hallways. It’s recommended that interconnected smoke alarms should be installed at least 50cm from the ceiling to ensure they can detect smoke adequately. It’s also a good idea to connect to mains power with a battery backup to ensure the longevity of the alarms.
Interconnected smoke alarms can provide added protection to households, giving residents the chance to react in a timely manner in the presence of a fire. To have your alarms professionally installed, contact Just-In Time Electrical. We have years of experience in providing fire safety systems to properties across Brisbane, so you can rest assured that you’ll be in safe hands.
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