Six Things To Know About Residential Smoke Alarm Maintenance In Sydney
As we all know, ensuring the optimal functionality of your homes smoke alarms is paramount for safeguarding against the ever-increasing risks of home fires. The dangers that emanate from faulty electrical and solar panel systems, aging switchboards, and a plethora of devices utilizing rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. These days the NSW government reports a staggering 40% of house fires are caused by electrical faults and electrical appliances each year! This, coupled with the other usual causes home fire in NSW means working smoke alarms are really something to ensure you have right in your home..
For more information… Checkout these useful and interesting statistics taken from Fire NSW website on where house fires start… Fire Safety In The Home.
As discussed, working residential smoke alarms stand as a crucial line of defense, alerting unsuspecting occupants to potential dangers, ideally allowing them to escape a home fire with their lives.
Warning: We recommend using a Licensed and insured electrical contractor for all smoke alarm maintenance, ladder safety & electrical safety are real risks! Property owners are responsible for ensuring electrical wiring work is only done by a suitably insured and licensed electrical contractor. Each year many serious incidents occur where people have fallen from ladders! There is not only is there a risk of falling but Smoke Alarms are commonly connected to the homes mains-wiring and there is a real risk of electrocution or damage to the wiring by unqualified persons. In NSW it is required by law that mains connected smoke alarms be replaced only by a licensed and insured electrical contractor. This guide is for your consideration when employing a professional electrical contractor. This Is Not A How To Guide.
Here are some basic things that every homeowner in Sydney should consider when having your home’s residential smoke alarms maintained…
- Cleaning: Eliminate the risk of false alarms by addressing common issues like dust and residue buildup. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines of the specific unit as there are many different types, each requiring specific maintenance on regular schedule to maintain peak performance.
- Age Check: It is Law in NSW to safeguard your home by having your residential smoke alarms replaced every 10 years. Yes it’s the law! Smoke Alarms should have a manufactured date or code clearly marked on the unit. If it doesn’t it will need to be replaced. In Australia, the requirement for manufacturing dates to be printed on residential smoke alarms was introduced as part of the Australian Standard AS 3786-1993. If you are unsure about the detector’s age or functionality, book an inspection, we can help!
- Location Compliance: It is very important to adhere to regulations for the strategic placement of smoke alarms, fire alarms, smoke detectors, and heat detectors. It is your responsibility as the home owner to ensure your home complies to at least the minimum standards
- Interconnection Testing: If your smoke alarms are interlinked it is important to these interlinked alarms verified as having seamless communication between smoke detectors. This means that a professional will need to confirm that all interconnected alarms sound together. This type of system enhances the overall effectiveness of your home’s smoke alarm protection and monitoring.
- Battery Replacement: Have your professional proactively check & if necessary replace the battery in your smoke detectors annually, this will help avoid the annoying chirps of a low battery warning. Set a recurring reminder on your phone or make it part of your an annual tradition to ensure reliable device operation, ensuring you get undisturbed, chirp free sleep, year round! It’s important to use a professional smoke alarm electrician who will exercise caution, safe work practices and patience when handling these delicate devices to ensure the device is kept in good condition.
- Regular Testing: Maintain a consistent testing schedule for your smoke alarms & follow manufacturer requirements, these are often available online with the model number.
If your live in Sydney we may be able to help you with the maintenance of your Smoke Alarms or specifically Ionization Smoke Alarms, Photoelectric Smoke Alarms, Hardwired Smoke Alarms, Battery-Powered Smoke Alarms, Interconnected Smoke Alarms, Combination Photoelectric Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms or Heat Detectors.
We concentrate our Smoke Alarm Maintenance & Replacement Service in the following areas to ensure a fast, quality service, often same day if needed! Our focus of service is in the Inner West of Sydney from Balmain / Rozelle through to Annandale and Leichhardt also Sydney’s Inner Northern Area of Gladesville, Ryde, Becroft, Thornleigh and surrounding suburbs to Sydney’s North Shore like Waverton through to Wahroonga and more… See below for more details of the suburbs we service and you can checkout the link to search for your specific suburb.. If you are interested in seeing if we service your suburb follow the link in the paragraph below….
Checkout our Sydney Suburbs We Service page. But feel free to call if your suburb is not mentioned and you think we are within range and you want to check if we can come to you
Please take note: Being an inner Sydney based, residential smoke alarm maintenance & replacement service. These tips are designed to assist our clients in our direct service areas specifically being Sydney’s North Shore from Hornsby through the North Shore Line to North Sydney, Sydney’s Inner West from Balmain / Drummoyne through to Annandale / Strathfield and Sydney’s Inner Northern Districts from Gladesville out to West Ryde and through to Westleigh and Thornleigh on the mainline. So this is what you would call Sydney-centric residential smoke alarm tips. Other areas may require different considerations such as humidity, dust or pollution levels or corrosive salt air and extreme temperatures. These and more environmental factors may need to be considered when maintaining smoke alarms and when choosing the appropriate type.
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