March 24, 2016
When an unexpected fire and smoke start it can be a properly functioning smoke detector that can alert you and save your life, and regular checks of existing detectors are important. This can usually be done yourself by pressing, the TEST button on your device. If you’re detector does not sound then you may either have a flat battery or it has lost circuit to the mains power. It’s then important to consult a qualified electrician to solve the problem and offer a solution, so that it works again. We recommend testing it every 1 – 3 months. Put it in your calendars.
If you are still only running a battery only device then you might want to consider the following legislation put in place for your safety.
Mains powered smoke alarms for new homes
Since 1997 it has been law, under the Building Code of Australia (BCA), to install mains powered smoke alarms in new properties and any existing properties that have undergone significant renovations. Qualified electricians should be aware of these requirements.
Mains powered smoke alarms within existing properties
From 1 October 2009 mains powered smoke alarms must be fitted in all existing residential buildings prior to sale and when a new tenancy agreement is signed for rental properties. If there are no tenancy changes in rental properties, then mains powered smoke alarms must be fitted by 1 October 2011.
These requirements are mandatory under the Local Government (Miscellaneous provisions) Act 1960 section 248 and the Local Government Act 1995 section 9.60, and the Building Amendments Regulations 2009.
While mains powered smoke alarms are the preferred alternative, smoke alarms with a non-removable ten year battery life are permitted in dwellings where the construction of the building does not permit a space to conceal the wiring and there is no other suitable alternative location or where mains power supply is not available.
Some important facts from the MFB website –
If you don’t have a working smoke alarm installed in your home, and a fire occurs:
- You are 57 per cent more likely to suffer property loss and damage
- You are 26 per cent more likely to suffer serious injuries
- You are four times more likely to die
When you’re asleep you lose your sense of smell. A smoke alarm is your electronic nose. It will alert you if there is smoke from a fire. A small fire can grow to involve an entire room in two to three minutes. A smoke alarm provides early warning and time to escape.
Don’t put yourself at chance, and contact us so that we can help and ensure you have the correct device installed and working, anywhere around Lara, Geelong or Werribee areas.