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There has been research conducted that demonstrated that fires in modern homes spread in less than 5 minutes compared to older homes that were built between 1950-70 that took as long as 29 minutes to spread. Installing a smoke alarm is not only law, but required because modern residential buildings and furniture or furnishings are more flammable than ever before. There is less time for people to evacuate safely in the event of a fire.
One of our licensed electricians can be contracted to install one or more smoke alarms into a property whether that is owner occupied or being rented by tenants. It has become so critical to save lives from the fast combustion of widely used synthetic materials and toxic smoke they create. Functional smoke alarms remain the primary means of alerting people to a fire, especially when they are sleeping.
While many people will just install a single alarm, this may not be effective & having them placed in multiple locations with interconnection can provide even more safety. All smoke alarms installed in residential accommodation in NSW must meet the requirements of Australian Standard AS 3786. Under Division 7A of Part 9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 smoke alarms must be installed in all buildings in NSW where people sleep.
Apart from the EPA’s requirements, it is also a legal requirement in all homes, as set by the National Construction Code where smoke alarm detection devices must be hardwired in houses that have been built or renovated since 1997.
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Our team includes smoke alarm electricians that can carry out a wide range of electrical work for new home builds, existing houses, units, apartments, townhouses, businesses, retail shops or even rental properties. Each electrician is licensed, experienced and can handle a wide range of electrical related tasks including;
Installing a smoke alarm and hoping it will keep working forever is a silly thought. While many will have long lasting batteries or even be hard wired into the electrical supply, you never know if they are functioning correctly. That is why annual checks become vital for owner occupied homes & it is a legal requirement for landlords.
Our electricians can visit a site to do a maintenance check on your smoke alarms whether they are battery operated or hard wired. It is important to remember that the effectiveness of smoke alarms is a combination of the number of alarms used, their location, interconnection between units & if they are all functioning correctly.
Smoke alarms are like seat belts – although a vital life-saving device, they are but one of the many tools and preventative measures required to keep people in the property safe. Any working smoke alarm is better than no smoke alarm.
While many people will simply install the minimum requirement of one smoke alarm per level, we recommend that each property owner considers placing multiple devices to provide a higher level of protection. It is widely recommended that installing smoke alarms in all bedrooms and living spaces (including hallways and stairways) and even the garage is a wise choice.
NSW legislation requires all residents to have one working smoke alarm installed on each level of their home. This includes owner occupied, rental properties, relocatable homes, caravans and campervans or any other residential building where people sleep.Taking things a step further, installations of smoke alarms could be done in every living area, bedroom, hallway or even a laundry where heat or condensation can build up.
These can be stand alone or there are also interconnected models for even better forms of protection. They should not be placed near windows, fans, doorways or air-conditioners as this will render them ineffective in the event of a fire.
Generally speaking any electrician or even the Fire and Rescue NSW will recommend where possible that hard-wired and interconnected smoke alarms are installed. While some people may be sceptical and believe this is a way the industry can generate more income, the reality is that is a more reliable method vs relying on someone making sure the battery is still working in an old alarm, remember, many people don’t get them checked every year.
Hard-wired smoke alarm consists of a 240-volt smoke alarm connected to a home’s electrical system with a battery back-up power supply.
If your alarms cannot be hard-wired then you should try and have one installed that has a built in 10-year lithium battery which will last as long as the smoke alarm so you don’t need to worry about replacing them every year – you simply replace the entire smoke alarm unit once every 10 years, but have it checked annually to ensure it is operating correctly.
Battery operated smoke alarm come with a battery but not all batteries are the same, 10 year lithium batteries are recommended and last as long as the smoke alarm while the lead or alkaline batter models need to be replaced yearly.
You can replace your old smoke alarms from just $99 depending on the make, model & the work required.
Contact us to get a written quotation to find out the cost to have either new smoke alarms installed, existing ones replaced or an annual maintenance check.
The cost will vary depending on the type of property e.g house or unit, how many alarms have to be dealt with, the type of back-up battery, hard wired or inter connected & whether new wiring has to be installed as well.
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We have a team of licensed electricians that can install hard wired smoke alarm units into a unit, apartment or house in Sydney. Our team will visit your site, assess the existing wiring & electricity system to then install your new hard wired smoke alarm. We can do this in a single room or multiple rooms.
As of 23 March 2020, NSW landlords and agents have to make sure that smoke alarms installed in rented properties are in working order. Where a smoke alarm is not in working order, landlords and agents must ensure the alarm is repaired (this includes replacing a battery) within 2 business days. Landlords and agents must check smoke alarms every year to ensure they are working which requires an annual maintenance check.
Landlords and agents must also ensure that smoke alarms are replaced within 10 years of manufacture, or earlier if specified by the manufacturer batteries are installed or replaced every year (or for lithium batteries, in the period specified by the manufacturer).
Apart from the obvious primary concern of keeping people safe in the home they are living in, the other aspect to consider is that any insurance claim may be void if your smoke alarms are too old or not maintained. It is critical to have your smoke alarms tested each year to determine if it needs a battery replacement, some other fault diagnosis or complete replacement.
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The most common smoke alarms installed within Australian homes are photo electric smoke alarms. They are installed on the ceiling, and if any smoke is detected they will sound an alarm which gives you enough time to prepare for evacuation or respond to the emergency.
For optimal safety and protection, smoke alarms should always be hardwired/interconnected to your main electrical systems to provide a steady supply of electricity. Hi Quality Electrical are well placed to assist you in this regard, and we also offer testing services to ensure your smoke alarms work as intended all year round.
There are a few different types of smoke alarms available, although photoelectric alarms are by far the most common and preferred option. They all serve the same function, being to detect smoke and heat and sound an audible alarm.
Photoelectric alarms are the preferred option because they are highly sensitive and better able to detect large smoke particles typical of slow-smouldering building fires. They work by sensing and responding to changes in light due to the presence of smoke. Modern households typically contain large amounts of synthetic materials such as plastic, rubber and foam which produce large, highly toxic smoke particles that are easily detected by photoelectric alarms.
Ionisation Alarms are commonly found in environments containing large amounts of paper, straw and wood such as a barn or granny flat. These materials are highly flammable, with fire spreading rapidly and producing small smoke particles which ionisation alarms are better able to detect.
Heat Alarms do not respond to smoke, instead they respond to the heat generated by fire. They are most commonly used in areas containing large amounts of dust or fumes which can cause photoelectric alarms to sound false alarms.
Hard wired smoke alarms are known to be more reliable than battery powered units. This is because they draw electricity from the property’s electrical supply and they have a battery back-up as well. They can also be inter connected so that if one alarm sounds, they all do.
First step is to identify if your model is hard wired or battery powered. An electrician can check a hard wired smoke alarm to make sure it is still working and the back up battery has life in it.
Under Division 7A of Part 9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000], smoke alarms must be installed in all buildings in NSW where people sleep. The smoke alarms must meet the requirements of Australian Standard AS 3786, Smoke Alarms and these provisions came into effect on 1 May 2006
The current legislation requires the installation of one smoke alarm per level & while putting a single alarm in a four bedroom home complies with the law, any owner or occupier should consider higher levels of protection than the minimum requirements, especially in a larger property. Multiple units can be placed in different rooms.
The interconnection of multiple alarms ensures that if one alarm detects smoke, all alarms will activate to sound the warning. Alarms can be interconnected by wires in the ceiling space or by wireless interconnection to make sure everyone can hear the notifications and be prepared for potential danger.
Landlords are responsible for ensuring that leased residences meet the minimum requirements of having at least one working smoke alarm installed on every level of the property.
There are two types of smoke alarms typically found in Australian homes – photoelectric and ionisation. Both meet the required Australian Standard AS3786.
The latest research has found that there is not one clear type of alarm technology that performs better in all situations. The critical factor in the effectiveness of smoke alarms is not a specific sensor technology but rather the number of alarms used, their location and the interconnection between units. The interconnection of multiple alarms ensures that if one alarm detects smoke, all alarms will activate to sound the warning.
Alarms are typically labelled ionised or photoelectric on the back. If these labels are not visible, ionised alarms will have a small yellow “radioactive” symbol on the unit.
Chirping and beeping smoke alarms are caused by either a low battery, battery looseness or is not installed properly. Assuming there is no fire, it needs a new 9V battery. Batteries should be replaced every year to make sure they’re working effectively in case of an emergency. For hardwired alarms which use long-term lithium batteries, a chirping noise certainly indicates a fault. You should contact our electricians in this instance.
Generally speaking a red, flashing light is actually a good sign. It indicates your alarm is working correctly. The flashes should be a consistent and bright flash. In the case of the flashing showing signs of abnormality, it’s best to contact the manufacturer or supplier for details.
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