The famous idiom “prevention is better than cure” is most appropriate when it comes to fire-safety and fire-damage. Smoke alarms are a must-have in your home and office. They are recommended by all local authorities because they save lives. The government of Australia has issued laws regarding the placement of smoke alarms in residential buildings.
In many research studies and practical situations, smoke alarms have proven to work. If a fire starts while you’re sleeping, an alarm will sound waking up your family so that you can escape unharmed. Everyone thinks that disasters like a house fire will not happen to them, but there are over 11,300 house fires each year across Australia. More than 60 deaths occur each year and the majority of these happen during the evening hours from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
A smoke detector is a device that is used to detect smoke indoors to indicate the presence of a fire and will trigger an alarm sound to alert anyone inside the building to evacuate.
A smoke detector consists of two parts - A sensor to detect smoke and a horn to alert people the presence of smoke. Most of the smoke detectors operate using either a 9-volt battery or 120-volt electrical house current.
There are two main types of smoke alarms used in Australia. They are:Ionization smoke alarms
Ionization smoke alarms work well with an open flaming fire that has already been developed. These types of alarms contain a small trace of radioactive material which ionizes the air and triggers the alarm when the flow of ions is disrupted, hence the name “ionization smoke alarm”. Learning how to use a fire extinguisher can be highly beneficial to combat a small fire, otherwise evacuating the building is the safest option.Photoelectric smoke alarms
Photoelectric alarms are considered more sensitive than ionization smoke alarms. They can detect small amounts of smoke before anything tragic happens. Smoldering fires can last for hours before blossoming into a flaming fire. Photoelectric smoke alarms are highly effective to detect a fire before it happens.
This is why today’s experts and the Australian government recommend photoelectric smoke detectors in households. When the smoke alarm detects smoke it will sound an alarm that everyone can hear. The family can attend to the issue before a fire can enlarge or evacuate if the flame becomes out of hand.
It’s not enough to have a smoke alarm fitted – if it does not cover your full property, you may as well be without. There are some basic rules to follow, when protecting yourself, your family and your belonging against a fire. In Australia, each building and home must adhere to NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, where a smoke alarm should be:
Smoke alarm installation is a special skill set and individuals who are into this work will be well trained and experienced. The primary goal of installing these devices is to protect from the fire, so getting it installed by our professional electrician will ensure that the device works properly.
You can rely on the professionals from Gordon Powers to provide you and your family with safe and secured smoke alarms for maximum protection against electrical fire. For urgent electrical installations or replacements, our emergency 24-hour electricians can be of assistance around the clock.
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