RESIDENTIAL SMOKE ALARMS INSTALLED BY A QUALIFIED PERTH ELECTRICIAN
The Australian public health and safety laws mandate that all households should have 240 volt hard wired smoke detectors installed. All hard wired smoke alarms need to be installed by a licensed electrician as it needs to be connected to the main power source.
The DFES recommend photoelectric smoke alarms as they consistently provide sufficient time for occupants to escape from smouldering and flaming fires provided the alarms are installed and maintained properly and occupants hear them.
Our licensed electricians at Debray Electrics can advise on placement, type and the number of smoke detectors required for your household.
Smoke alarms connected to 240 volt mains power are required in all residential homes:
- Newly built since 1997.
- Having undergone significant renovations since 1997.
- Sold since October 2009.
- Made available for rent or hire.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD SMOKE ALARMS BE REPLACED?
All smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years according to Regulation 60(2)(b) even if they are hard wired (mains powered) and still in working order.
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR SMOKE ALARMS
Monthly: Test by holding down the test button until you hear a loud alert tone., then release. Use a broom handle if you cannot reach but be careful you do not damage the smoke alarm.
Yearly: Vacuum around your smoke alarm vents with a soft brush attachment. This will remove a build-up of dust and cobwebs.
Yearly: Use a surface insect spray around the smoke alarm to prevent insects nesting inside. Do not spray inside the alarm.
Yearly: Replace your 9 volt battery each year on 1 April. (Mains powered smoke alarms have back-up batteries – check with the manufacturer or user instructions to see if the battery needs replacement).
Guidelines on how to maintain your smoke alarms by DFES