Smoke alarm do’s and don’ts

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Smoke Alarms Sunshine Coast

Do you have smoke alarms in your home and office? In Australia there are over 10,000 house fires a year, mostly at night while people are asleep, and without a smoke alarm your chances of getting out in time are greatly reduced. Smoke alarms are mandatory in all dwellings in all states and territories of Australia.

All houses built in Australia after 2007 must have a mains powered smoke alarm, and so must all houses bought or sold after 1st October 2009. From 1 January 2017, new legislation has been passed in Queensland which requires interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms, in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling and on every level.

A 10-year phased rollout of interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in Queensland will happen over three specific periods starting from 1 January 2017:

• From 1 January 2017: in all new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings (this applies to building applications submitted from 1 January 2017).
• From 1 January 2022: in all domestic dwellings leased and sold.
• From 1 January 2027: in all other domestic dwellings.

Only a licensed electrician can install a 240v hard-wired smoke alarm. All smoke alarms also have a lifespan of 10 years from the date of manufacture. Have you got a reliable, affordable electrician who is available whenever you need them? If you’re on the Sunshine Coast, call Unearthed Electrical Pty Ltd — it’s always wise to have an expert on hand. The team can check your smoke alarms for operation and compliance and can provide you a no obligation quote if any repairs or upgrades are required.

Every house being sold or rented must have a working, hard-wired smoke alarm located outside of each bedroom. A multi-storey building must have a hard-wired smoke alarm on each floor and, if the ceiling is concrete, a 10-year lithium smoke alarm can be used.

If a smoke alarm goes off seemingly for no reason, try changing the battery. If it continues, there is a fault and it may need replacing by a licensed electrician.

Don’t paint smoke alarms or install them outside. The reset button should cancel a false alarm in most cases. Remember, rely on your licensed electrician to keep your home or rental property up to date, and if you rent a B&B, check there there’s a working smoke alarm.

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