Smoke Alarms are Essential
There are three reasons why you need to have at least one smoke alarm and preferably several smoke alarms installed in your premises:
- It’s the law
- It can save your life
- It can save your property
Smoke alarms are very extremely important safety devices. Without one, the risk of death caused by fire in your home is three times greater than if you do have one installed.
In Queensland, around three-quarters of all home fire deaths occur in homes that do not have smoke alarms. Furthermore, around 50% of all deaths caused by smoke happen when the family is sleeping.
Smoke alarms are very effective in providing an early warning of fire. By detecting smoke in your home or business, the alarms alert you to the danger early thus giving you a better chance of escape.
Families have much greater protection from the dangers of fire with a smoke detector. It is a relatively low cost purchase and installation is not expensive with Globe Electrical solutions.
Positioning of Smoke Alarms
It is important that your smoke detectors are installed in the correct positions in your home or office. In general, smoke detecting devices should be installed on (or near to) the ceiling in hallways and areas near bedrooms. If you have several levels to your home or business, you need to install smoke detectors on each level.
It’s also important not to install smoke detectors in various areas. For example, make sure to not have your smoke alarm installed near doors, air conditioners or fans. Smoke alarms located in these areas will be less effective as the air movement may prevent the smoke from reaching the alarm.
Types of Smoke Alarms
240-volt alarms are considered superior to nine-volt detectors. They are usually more reliable and can be connected to other alarm systems in the house. There are Australian Standards that your smoke detector will need to comply with.
The Queensland Government recommends that all smoke alarms that are installed should be photoelectric alarms. This is because they are more effective than the ionisation alarms.