Keeping your family safe from the dangers of a house fire is a top priority. Installing Smoke Alarms in Perth is the most effective way to ensure that you and the occupants of your home are alerted in the event of a house fire. Before installing smoke alarms, read the information below to learn about the different types available, building code requirements and where they should be positioned in the home.
Smoke Alarm Types
Homeowners can choose between two basic kinds of smoke alarms to keep their families safe. Photoelectric smoke alarms are very responsive to larger smoke particles in the air that are released by slow burning fires. As smoke flows into the smoke alarm, a light source that’s inside the alarm causes it to emit a shrill noise. Since this type of alarm detects smoke in the house and alerts the occupants right away, individuals will have enough time to reach safety before a fire gets out of control. Another type of smoke alarm that’s commonly used in dwellings is called an ionisation alarm. This model emits a shrill noise when it detects a substantial amount of tiny particles as they’re released by a smoking fire. This occurs when the fire creates a sufficient amount of flames. Smoke alarms can be wired into the home electrical system in two different ways. Mains powered alarms are wired by a Perth Smoke Alarm Installation professional directly into a 240 volt AC supply. If necessary, the alarm can also be wired to a 12/24 volt DC system that’s powered by a 240 volt supply. Interconnectable alarms are installed as a network and when one alarm is triggered by smoke, the other alarms sound off as well.
Smoke Alarm Installation Requirements
The Building Code Of Australia (BCA) passed a law in 1997 that requires all new building structures and any current structures that have received extensive reconstruction to have mains powered smoke alarms installed. Structures that are listed for sale and rental properties must also have these types of alarms installed and they must be in working order. If a mains power supply smoke alarm cannot be installed due to space or wiring constrictions, individuals can contact a professional to Install Smoke Alarms that contain 10-year batteries. Smoke alarm installations must meet the requirements of the BCA or strict fines will be implemented.
Smoke Alarm Positioning
To ensure that household members are alerted in a timely manner and can reach safety in the event of a house fire, smoke alarms must be installed in the proper locations in the home. If not awakened in time by a smoke alarm, occupants can quickly become incapacitated due to smoke inhalation while they sleep. In homes that have more than one level, smoke alarms must be placed on each floor of the home. Correct placement of smoke alarms is either on the ceiling or on the very top of the wall close to the ceiling. Alarms must be placed in every hallway that passes by a bedroom. If there are no hallways, the alarms must be installed in areas of the home that are between the bedrooms and the remaining sections of the structure. A home that doesn’t have bedrooms must have a working smoke alarm in the area where occupants will travel to escape from the home during a fire. Smoke alarms must also be placed in stairwells that lead to each level of the home.
To keep the occupants of your household safe from the dangers of smoke inhalation and fire, follow the above guidelines concerning smoke alarms. To ensure that the smoke alarms in your home are installed correctly and that they meet or exceed building code requirements, contact us today.