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Smoke Alarms… Why Bother?

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Sunshine Coast Smoke Alarms… Why Bother? Is what you might say when faced with your first quote to fit your home with these priceless beauties.

So we might start off this post with some interesting statistics to answer your question!

  • 75% of  fire deaths occur in homes
  • 40% of fatal fires didn’t have a smoke alarm fitted
  • 25% of fatal fires had a smoke alarm fitted but not working
  • 25% of all people killed in home fires were asleep at the time

Imagine what could potentially happen to your family with no functional smoke alarms installed.

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Insuring you have a correctly installed and maintained smoke alarm is without a doubt the only thing that can alert you and your family to a fire every day of the week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, your trusty sunshine coast smoke alarm will have your back, providing it is functioning correctly of course. This gives both you and your family the peace of mind needed for a good nights rest during fire season.

A working Smoke Alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a fatal home fire during fire season.


Okay! Im Sold. What smoke alarm do I need then?

Sunshine Coast Smoke Alarms fall under two main types: Ionization & Photoelectric.

It can’t be stated that one is better than the other in every fire situation that may arise in a residential residence because both Ionization & Photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting different yet potentially fatal fires and no one can predict what type of fire may start in a home.

Here in Queensland including the Sunshine Coast, current legislation states that all homes must be fitted with a Photoelectric Smoke Alarm.

Legislation States that,

  • If your home was built before July 1, 1997 your home must be equipped with at least one working 9v Battery operated smoke alarm. (available at both Bunnings warehouse or Woolworth’s Masters Hardware stores)
  • If your home was built after 1997 you are required to have installed at least one working 240 Volt (Hard-Wired) smoke alarm at the time your home was built. This is a requirement under the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
  • If you have done major renovations since 1997, it should have included the installation of at least one 240 Volt (Hard-Wired) Smoke Alarm.

Queensland Fire & Rescue service have numerous fact sheets available to answer any of your basic questions about the legislation and to help explain how it will affect you.

Further information can be found on the Queensland Fire & Rescue websites Community Section

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When purchasing a sunshine coast smoke alarm for your home be weary of the Australian Standards it must meet to be sure your providing your family with the most safety possible.

Features you should look out for in choosing a smoke alarm:

  • Australian Standards – self contained smoke alarms must comply with AS 3736. Look for the Standards mark issued by the Standards Australia. Alternatively, smoke alarms labelled Scientific Services Laboratory AS 3786 are acceptable.
  • Battery requirement – look for smoke alarms that require low cost, low voltage batteries that last at least one year.
  • Low battery warning – smoke alarms emit a “beep” every 30 seconds for up to a month to indicate the battery needs replacement.
  • Test button – smoke alarms must be tested regularly. The test button should be easy to locate and operate, even if the smoke alarm is installed on the ceiling.

Here at Circuit Alart Electrical we can provide and install your smoke alarm for you.


Sunshine Coast Smoke alarm maintenance

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Sunshine Coast Smoke alarms must be maintained! A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all and is detrimental to the safety of your family.

A smoke alarm will only ever work when installed properly and professionally and maintained correctly. Depending on how your smoke alarm receives its power (9-volt battery, 10-year lithium battery, or hardwired), you’ll have to be sure to maintain it according to manufacturer’s instructions and current local legislations. General guidelines for smoke alarm maintenance include the following:

Smoke alarm powered by a 9-volt battery
  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the batteries at least once per year.
  • The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.
Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long life”) battery
  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, the entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Smoke alarm that is hardwired into the home’s electrical system
  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • The backup battery should be replaced at least once per year.
  • The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.

Contact Sunshine Coast Electricians Circuit Alert Electrical if you have any questions or need any help maintaining your smoke alarm.

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Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking

A smoke alarm is just doing its job when it sounds while you’re cooking, taking a shower, burning incense or creating smoke for some other reason.’

If a sunshine coast smoke alarm sounds while you’re cooking, do not remove the battery. You should:

  • Open a window or door and press the “hush” button,
  • Wave a towel at the alarm to clear the air, or
  • Move the alarm to another location in your home.

Disabling a smoke alarm or removing the battery can be a deadly mistake.


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