Smoke Alarm Installation Specialists In Springfield
Smoke alarms save lives. Reports have found that the risk of death in a house fire is reduced by more than half if properly maintained smoke alarms are installed.
However, testing our smoke alarms too often ends up at the bottom of the long list of household tasks to carry out. In fact, can you remember the last time your smoke alarm was tested?
Recent legal changes also mean your smoke alarm system could be illegal – or will be in a few years. There’s never been a better time to ensure your Springfield property’s smoke alarm system is up to scratch.
What are the legal changes?
The world of smoke alarms in Queensland has changed dramatically in the last few years. Due to an unacceptable number of deaths because of broken or smoke alarms – or no smoke alarms at all – the law was changed in 2017. Now, all ionisation smoke alarms more than ten years old must be replaced with photoelectric alarms.
In addition, by 2027, interconnected photoelectric alarms must be installed in every bedroom, hallways linking bedrooms, egress path and on each level of your house.
What’s the difference between ionisation and photoelectric alarms?
Ionisation smoke alarms detect small smoke particles: these detectors are known to be the alarms that are set off by nuisance smoke (such as when you burn the toast!) and are usually battery powered. Photoelectric smoke alarms, meanwhile, are activated when particles enter a light chamber.
Photoelectric smoke alarms not only provide better protection, they also don’t go off by mistake (as long as they’re properly installed) and can be mains powered – so no more nuisance alarms or forgetting to change the battery.
How do I check my smoke alarms are compliant and functional?
It’s simple to check the functionality and age of your smoke alarm: just follow the manufacturer’s instructions to test the alarm, then check the manufacturing date on the casing.
However, given the legal changes, we strongly recommend calling in the professionals to confirm your smoke alarm system will be compliant after 2027. We are anticipating demand for smoke alarm upgrades to increase as 2027 approaches, so now is the perfect time to get ahead of the curve!
Choose Just-In Time Electrical to keep your home safe
We are Springfield’s local specialists in smoke alarm installation and maintenance, with more than 40 years’ collective experience as electricians. Our in depth knowledge of the regulatory requirements – including smoke alarm positioning – means you can be sure that your smoke alarms will be compliant in 2027 and beyond, as well as doing their intended task – protecting your property and its occupants.