APRIL 1ST IS AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ‘DON’T BE A FOOL’ DAY.
ARE YOU PREPARED?
Dedicated to promoting safety and awareness through monitored checks of your home’s smoke alarm system, April 1st is National ‘Don’t be a Fool Day’.
Behind the humour in the catchy title, there’s an important message of awareness, and a critical need for Australian homeowners to be proactive in assessing their smoke alarm systems.
An alarming number of fatalities each year in Queensland indicates the need to avoid tragedy by simply conducting routine smoke alarm checks. In fact, up to 30% of homes serviced by Safe & Sure technicians, find they have been living with faulty smoke alarms. As champions of the safest living environment possible for those we are responsible, we find this a deeply disturbing fact.
When a house fire can be started by something as innocent as a humidifier in your child’s bedroom, or an iron left on and forgotten, those moments of notice from your smoke alarm, especially during deep sleep, may be the ones that save your life.
For anyone who escaped a house fire because of a working smoke alarm, there will be no doubt in their mind that routine checks of that device are essential.
Do you live in a rented home? It’s important you get this message:
The recently passed legislation that makes homeowner/ lessors accountable for verifying a working smoke alarm system in a rented home has raised the bar on safety awareness. Though most older homes and all new homes are now fitted with smoke alarms, there are responsibilities for both the lessor and the tenant.
Lessors must install smoke alarms that are compliant, into their rental homes. Also, they must arrange cleaning and testing of every smoke alarm at the property within 30 days of the start of a tenancy, including renewal agreements.
Tenants are obliged to replace batteries in smoke alarms during their tenancy if the battery goes flat. The tenant must clean and test the smoke alarm if their tenancy is 12-month agreement or longer. The tenant must also notify the lessor if the smoke alarm system fails other than a flat battery.
The Lowdown on Smoke Alarm Systems
Smoke alarm systems should be replaced at most every 10 years. Systems past this age may no longer work effectively, so it’s important to have them removed and replaced with a government endorsed photoelectric smoke alarm system.
How many smoke alarms will my home need, and where will they need to be placed?
Each level of your home should be assessed by a professional when installing your smoke alarm system. Depending on the size of your home, you may need several alarms. If you have young children, we recommend installing a smoke alarm in bedroom, especially if you use humidifiers or heaters during the night. Also consider hallways and your designated fire escape routes. For the safest system, always refer to a licensed electrician for help.
In the past I’ve had trouble with nuisance smoke alarms going on and off without reason. Is this just part and parcel of a necessary safety measure?
One of the biggest signs that your smoke alarm is faulty and should be assessed includes random triggering of the device. If you’ve had trouble with a rogue smoke alarm in the past, it is logical that you want to get rid of it! However, today’s options offer safer, faster and less difficult models that are far more efficient in doing their job.
There are hundreds of alternative alarm systems on the market. Which is best?
Because of their high quality and reliability, Safe & Sure electricians recommend photoelectric smoke alarms. In tune with our commitment to keeping you safe, we recommend this type of alarm because of its ability to detect smouldering fires, (which are one of the most common household fires) and fires that begin in areas further away from the alarms. The sensitivity of a photoelectric alarm sets a new precedent in smoke detectors of today.
Smoke alarms are often referred to as the cheapest form of insurance a homeowner can take out. When it comes down to keeping those you love safe, there can be no better way to manage routine maintenance checks in the home than to work to a schedule.
Safe & Sure Electricians, Air Con & Solar conduct thorough, professional assessments and testing on home smoke alarm systems and can offer you expert advice on fitting the best smoke alarm system to suit your need. We use only the superior photoelectric smoke alarms, with your safety as priority always. Contact us for more information.