A smoke detector is a device that senses smoke, typically as an indicator of fire. When the smoke detector is activated a local audible alarm is issued. This alarm is the warning to tenants of the property to evacuate.
Smoke detectors save lives. For this reason, by law, all homes and units in Queensland must be fitted with working smoke detectors.
Smoke detectors have main two types, Ionisation and Photoelectric.
Smoke Detectors are either hard-wired in to the main power supply with a battery backup or are battery only. The battery backup in hard-wired smoke detectors will ensure that it works even when the main power supply is compromised. The location of the smoke detector is also an important consideration. The location of the smoke detector/s needs to be in the right place in your premises so they do not activate unnecessarily and are audible to the tenants of the property.
Queensland Government 2017 Regulations require:
For more details regarding the requirements of the new Queensland smoke alarm legislation please check the following links to Queensland Fire & Emergency Services:
Smoke detectors can only save lives if they operate correctly and are well maintained. To achieve this you must:
All smoke detectors have a service life of 10 years under normal conditions. After 10 years, smoke detectors may malfunction due to an accumulation of dust, insects and corrosion.
After 10 years a smoke detector must be replaced. Most smoke detectors will have an expiry date printed on them.
Considering that a smoke detector operates 24 hours a day, a 10 year service life is an acceptable price to pay.
For more information about smoke alarm maintenance and replacement, please check the following Queensland Fire & Emergency Services link:
Our team of experienced electricians are all highly experienced, skilled, licensed and up to date with the latest government regulations. Installation of smoke detectors through Agile will ensure you get a smoke detector that suits your needs, in unobtrusive and all tidy up of materials included.
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