Our Electricians at Toowoomba Electrical can take care of all your smoke alarm needs according to QLD requirements: installation, maintenance, testing, repair and replacement.
Installation of Smoke Alarms:
Smoke detectors are essential in any residential home or commercial business for safety and meeting QLD requirements.
In the event of a fire, the smoke detector that is installed will alert you, your tenants or employees to the danger; this means that you have an early warning about the fire and can take action to keep yourself and others safe.
Types of Smoke Detector and Alarm:
Battery Powered Smoke Alarms: battery powered smoke detectors are easier to install and can be bought at Bunnings or reputable hardware store, they run on the battery which means that you must replace the battery for the alarm to work. No battery= No alarm.
Hard wired Smoke Alarm: are connected to the power supply of your home or office. Meaning that you don’t have to change batteries for your alarm to work, it is always connected to the power source.
Hardwired Smoke Detectors must be installed and repaired by a licensed electrician as they are connected to the main power supply it is dangerous and potentially fatal to be playing with!
Connectivity of Smoke Detectors:
The Benefit of having interconnected smoke alarms is that if one smoke detector is alarming, other smoke detectors in the house or office will also alarm, alerting you to the fire regardless of how loud your music is or where you are in the home.
Battery Powered Smoke Alarms function as stand alone, isolated alarms meaning that if one goes off, others in the house won’t be triggered unless they are affected by smoke.
Ionisation Smoke Alarms: detect smoke in the air, Ionisation Smoke alarms ‘smell’ smoke. I
Photoelectric Smoke Alarms: detect visible particles of combustion they are very effective in sensing all types of fires. Photoelectric smoke alarms ‘see’ smoke.
An advantage of installing a photoelectric smoke alarm compared to ionisation alarms, is photoelectric smoke alarms are less prone to false alarms due to cooking.
Ask your electrician what type of smoke alarm you have and what we recommend to keep your family and employees safe!
QLD requirements for Smoke Alarms:
Smoke alarms in all dwellings must:
- be less than 10 years old
- operate when tested
- be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together
- be either hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery.
Check this site out for more information from the QLD Government regarding changes to Requirements in Smoke Alarm installation.
To comply with QLD Requirements and to protect yourself against liability, contact your local, fully qualified and licensed electrician in Toowoomba here
Fire and Rescue services recommend routine testing of the smoke alarm by pressing the ‘test’ button once a month. Yearly professional testing of hardwired smoke alarms is advised.
Maintenance and Testing of Smoke Alarms in Toowoomba:
Commonly, when smoke alarms fail, it is not because of a technical problem but because the smoke alarm battery has run out and the people in the home or office have not realised or have disconnected the alarm due to irritating ‘chirping’ which unknowingly to them means battery must be changed.
As mentioned above, smoke alarms are either battery operated or are hardwired into the main power supply.
When a Smoke Detector is Hardwired, it means that it will not run out of battery, and has the backup battery so you’re protected 100% of the time.
Smoke alarms with lithium batteries can last up to 10 years.
As tenant you are required to test your smoke alarm every 12 months but it is recommended that you test them every month by pressing the ‘test’ button. If the alarm does not sound you must contact your property management immediately.
If you are a Landlord, to comply with QLD requirements, you must change the
You must test and clean each smoke alarm within 30 days before the start of a tenancy agreement (including lease renewal)
You must also replace, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, each battery in the smoke alarm that is flat, or almost flat, within 30 days before the start of a tenancy.
These rules are in place to protect yourself, your family, tenants, employees and customers.
Repair and Replacement of Smoke Alarms:
Smoke Detectors are required to be replaced every 10 years.
Hardwired smoke alarms must be maintained, repaired and replaced by licensed electricians as the smoke alarms are connected to the main power supply.
Signs to indicate your smoke alarm needs to be replaced:
- A ‘chirp’ sound that goes off intermittently
- When testing the smoke alarm, the alarm does not go off
both signs indicate that it is time to change your smoke alarm!
Contact your local electrician in Toowoomba to discuss our Smoke Alarm Service and what we can do to help keep your home and business safe!