Only Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives
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Smoke alarm facts.
If you don’t have a working smoke alarm installed in your home, and a fire occurs:
You are 57% more likely to suffer property loss and damage
You are 26% more likely to suffer serious injuries
You are four times more likely to die
All smoke alarms:
Why should I have a smoke alarm?
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 2-3 minutes. A smoke alarm provides early warning and time to escape.
Smoke alarms are compulsory in every home.
Since 1st August 1997, Victorian law states that smoke alarms (complying with Australian standards AS 3786) must be installed in all homes, units, flats and townhouses. It is the legal responsibility of all owners and landlords to install working smoke alarms. Residential homes constructed before 1st August 1997 need only 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms installed. Residential homes constructed after 1st August 1997 must have smoke alarms connected to 240 volt mains power. In addition a back up battery must be installed in the smoke alarm.
If you plan to renovate or extend your house, your building surveyor will determine if you need a smoke alarm connected to 240 volt mains power.
There are two types of smoke alarms:
1. Photo-electric: detects visible smoke and slow smouldering fires
2. Ionisation: detects particles of smoke from fast growing fires
All fire services in Australia recommend photo-electric smoke alarms when installing or replacing existing smoke alarms. For additional protection consider installing interconnected smoke alarms connected to 240 volt mains power.
Smoke alarm models
9 volt battery powered
240 volt (mains power) with 9 volt replaceable backup battery
240 volt (mains power) with 10 year long life rechargeable, non replacement battery
Specialised models for people who are deaf and hard of hearing (for more information contact VicDeaf Ph:9473 1111; TTY 9473 1199) www.vicdeaf.com.au
Extra features available with Smoke alarms
Interconnecting smoke alarm: When one smoke alarm operates, all connected
smoke alarms will operate
Smoke alarm with an emergency escape light
Smoke alarm with a hush button
Smoke alarm that can be connected to a security system
Smoke alarm with vibrating pad alert and strobe light (for people who are deaf or hard of hearing)
Smoke alarm with strobe light
Smoke alarm that can be tested by a TV remote control
Smoke alarm that can be tested by a torch
Where can I buy a smoke alarm?
How do I install a smoke alarm?
9 volt powered smoke alarms can be installed by anyone following the instructions on the pack. Be careful when using a step ladder.
240 volt (mains power) smoke alarms must be installed by a licensed electrician.
Where do I put my smoke alarm?
Smoke alarms must be located between each bedroom area and the rest of the house.
In addition inside any bedroom where someone sleeps with the door shut
In a two storey home a smoke alarm is required on every storey, located in the path that people will use to evacuate
Note: Cooking fires are common. High ceilings or the layout of your house may increase the time it takes for your smoke alarm to operate. Consider installing a photo-electric smoke alarm closer to the kitchen area.
Frequently asked questions:
Why should I test my smoke alarm?
Why does my smoke alarm beep once every 60 seconds or intermittently?
Note: After installing a new battery if it still beeps, then the smoke alarm needs replacing