Protecting your home from a fire
Installing and maintaining smoke alarms is inarguably one of the most important aspects of protecting your home and its occupants from a fire.
The majority of fatal fires are caused by electrical faults, smoking materials, heating appliances and open fires. They will often start without notice and will quickly become a danger to health and life if there are no warning systems in place.
With most fatal fires occurring at night when people are usually asleep, working smoke alarms will give you and your family vital extra minutes to escape from disaster.
Correctly positioned and fully functioning smoke alarms help limit the damage and cost caused by fires by detecting them early.
The simple fact is: only working smoke alarms save lives.
It's more than just changing a battery
Regular smoke alarm maintenance requires more than simply changing a battery and pressing a button. While pressing the test button may emit a sound from a smoke alarm, it will not tell you if it will work in a fire.
The only safe way to know that your smoke alarms will work in a fire is to test them with with artificial smoke to ensure the smoke detection mechanism is working.
Regular smoke alarm checks also require consultation with the Building Code of Australia, ensuring the correct location, type and quantity of smoke alarms are installed.
It is also important to note that on top of all of these conditions if an alarm is functioning outside of its expiry date, it is non-compliant and runs the risk of suddenly not working.