Ensure peace of mind with a Photoelectric Smoke Alarm
The sense of smell isn’t active during sleep and is often the case that victims of a fire are overcome shortly after waking, by fumes and toxic smoke. Lives saved from a house fire are more often than not the product of a working fire alarm. We can supply and install a Photoelectric Smoke Alarms in to your home so you and your family can sleep soundly and be rest assured you are safe and sound.
Photoelectric smoke alarms can be hard-wired into your home, they can also be ‘inter-connecting’ so all the alarms sound when one is activated. Our personal recommendation is to go with the higher quality photoelectric smoke alarms from Brooks, who have been operating in Australia for over 50 years. We offer both a 230-volt mains powered and 10-year lithium battery-powered systems for your home or business. We also have a hush and test remote control option that is attached to the wall.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service recommend all homes are fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms because they:
- give earlier warnings for smouldering fires, which are one of the most common types of domestic fires, than other types of smoke alarm solutions
- provide the best detection across a range of fires
- are less likely to emit nuisance or false alarms
- do not contain radioactive material.
When smoke or dust enters the light path, some light is scattered or absorbed. The result of a reduction of light falling upon the photosensitive receiver will cause an alarm. Photoelectric smoke alarm solutions are best for detecting smouldering fires, these are designed to detect smoke sooner than an ionisation one.
Smoke alarm regulations in Queensland
Home Smoke Alarm Obligations In Queensland
By law, all homes and units in Queensland must be fitted with smoke alarms. It is your responsibility to make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed.
- Homes built before 1 July 1997 must have at least one 9-volt battery-operated smoke alarm
- Homes built or significantly renovated after 1 July 1997 must have a 240-volt (hard-wired) smoke alarm Brisbane wide.
By law, a smoke alarm must be installed on or near the ceiling in a hallway or area close to bedrooms and the rest of the house (in a multi-storey house, a smoke alarm must be installed on each level). Anyone who sleeps with their door closed should have smoke alarm solutions installed in their bedroom.
Rental Property Smoke Alarm Obligations
The Queensland legislation makes lessors accountable for the conducting of thorough smoke alarm checks, including cleaning, battery replacement and testing within 30 days of a new tenancy. It is crucial to note that this new legislation also includes renewal agreements.
- Following this initial test, the tenant assumes responsibility for the conducting of thorough checks, cleans and battery replacement every 12 months
- The Lessor is legally required to provide the tenant with ‘rental rules’ documenting further legal requirements regarding the upkeep of functional smoke alarm solutions.
- The tenant must also notify the lessor if the smoke alarm system fails other than a flat battery.