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Smoke Alarms and Your Family

Everyone’s heard that annoying beep beep beep of a smoke alarm that’s run out of battery. We often don’t give it much more thought than sparing a few moments to be frustrated at the incessant noise. But there’s a reason those smoke alarms make such a bothersome noise when they’re in need of a battery…

Everyone’s heard that annoying beep beep beep of a smoke alarm that’s run out of battery. We often don’t give it much more thought than sparing a few moments to be frustrated at the incessant noise. But there’s a reason those smoke alarms make such a bothersome noise when they’re in need of a battery or repairs and it’s this: Fully functioning smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a house fire almost in half.

While it’s law for every home to have smoke alarms, they’re often something we give little to no thought on, purchasing the cheapest model available, or removing the dead battery from a smoke alarm and simply never replacing it.

But is it worth the risk?

fireWhy Smoke Alarms Matter:

  1. No Sense of Smell

When you or your family are asleep, you lose your sense of smell, and often smoke can actually put you into a deep sleep. You won’t wake up from the smell of fire.

  1. Flicker to Inferno

A small fire can engulf an entire room in only 2-3 minutes. A smoke alarm can alert you of a fire early enough that you and your family have time to escape.

  1. Increased Chance of Harm

Homes without functional smoke alarms put their occupants at 26% higher risk of suffering serious injuries from a fire. Without a working smoke alarm, you are also four times more likely to die from a fire.

New legislation introduced in January 2017 now requires all new dwellings or heavily renovated dwellings to have photoelectric smoke alarms installed, in place of the previously used ionisation smoke alarms. A ten-year plan will see all homes fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms by 2027.

So, what’s the difference?

  1. Photoelectric Alarms

Photoelectric smoke alarms have a photo cell and a light beam that shines away from that cell. If smoke enters into the test chamber, the light is dispersed by the smoke and then hits the cell, which sets off the alarm. This type of alarm is the best choice to detect smouldering and smoky fires, which is commonly how house fires start. They require regular cleaning, as bugs or dust can set off a false alarm.

  1. Ionisation Alarms

Ionisation Alarms actually contain a small amount of radioactive material. This material reacts to small particles released by a fire and activates the alarm. This type of alarm is the best at alerting you of fast fires, with very little smoke. This is the type of alarm that frequently reacts to burnt toast!

 

Because the ionisation alarm isn’t as helpful or useful as the photoelectric alarm, Queensland law is changing to give your family a greater chance of safety and protection when it comes to fires in the home. If your home is currently without a working smoke alarm, talk to the team at Zehn Electrical today to see how we can help. If you’ve currently got working smoke alarms, consider replacing your current ionisation smoke alarms with photoelectric smoke alarms, to ensure your family is in the safest place possible.

Here at Zehn Electrical, we can install smoke alarms for you, in the right areas of the home, to ensure that your home meets legislation. You’ll be able to rest easy knowing your family is in a safe environment.