Did you know that smoke alarms have a life of just ten years?
Many people are unaware if their smoke alarm has expired or is even working. Up to 60% of households in Australia have expired smoke alarms. This is a scary statistic for an item so crucial to the safety of Australian families, considering there is a house fire in Australia every 26 minutes.
Many smoke detectors in homes are poor quality and use old ionisation technology which is significantly inferior to the photoelectric models. We recommend the best smoke alarm you can afford. Both our battery-operated and hardwired photoelectric interconnected smoke alarms never need a battery change as they contain a 10-year lithium battery with our hardwired smoke detectors continually recharging by mains power.
Why do I need a photoelectric smoke alarm?
Photoelectric smoke detectors see the fire rather than smell the smoke, making them less prone to nuisance alarms from cooking and burning toast. In the event of a fire, a Photoelectric smoke alarm is essential and is quicker to detect the most common type of fire, smouldering fires, which ionisation smoke alarms neglect to do. With increasing open-plan design homes, photoelectric alarms are the smoke alarm of choice.
NSW legislation requires all homes be fitted out with photoelectric smoke detectors on each level of the home, this includes homes with just a downstairs laundry or garage. In fact, many countries around the world and some Australian states have already banned the use of ionisation smoke detectors. NSW legislation will soon follow suit, in fact, the Queensland state Government require a homeowner to have a smoke alarm installed in every bedroom and by 2027 all smoke detectors must be interconnected.
Hornsby Electric are committed to the utmost safety for your family. We can inspect and test your smoke alarm and upgrade it if required.