Smoke alarms – they’re often the incessantly loud noise you hear when you’ve burnt your toast or left something on for too long in the oven. Yet, we often forget that their one true purpose is to save lives. In the midst of it all, there remains some smoke and mystery on smoke alarms.
For example, are they a legal requirement in dwellings? How often should smoke alarm maintenance be completed, and do you need the help of electrical contractors?
Read on to find out more on the importance of smoke alarm installation in Perth.
Keeping your home fire-safe with smoke alarms
Yours and your family’s lives are very important. That’s why it’s necessary to make sure everyone follows good habits around the home for fire prevention
Here are some good tips to keep fire-safe within the home:
- Don’t smoke in bed (or inside the house at all),
- Never leave the kitchen unattended when cooking,
- Check electric blankets for damage (worn cords that need replacing) and turn off before bed,
- Keep fabrics (clothes, curtains etc) away from lit candles,
- Empty the lint filter after each use of the clothes dryer,
- Assign one electrical appliance per power point to minimise circuit overloading,
- Turn off appliances when not in use,
- Extinguish candles and open flames before going to bed,
- Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach, and
- Test smoke alarms every three months.
Smoke alarm maintenance
Now you’re equipped with fire safety knowledge, let’s talk more about the smoke alarm maintenance.
Ensure that you have a smoke alarm installed in all sleeping areas, exits or passageway to an exit. So, to put that in perspective, a 2-storey, 3-bedroom house would need a minimum of 5 smoke alarms.
Addressing the smoky questions:
- How often should I change my smoke alarm battery?
A general rule of thumb is every 12 months. If powered by your mains with a rechargeable battery, there is no need for this. Also, a 9-volt smoke alarm battery should come with a 10-year warranty
- What does the green light on my smoke alarm mean?
Good news! Your smoke alarms are working correctly.
- Why is my smoke alarm beeping for no reason?
Sometimes smoke alarms may beep/chirp at intervals, even though there isn’t a fire. It’s time to put on your detective hat, as this may be one of many things causing this.
Your smoke alarm might:
- Need a battery change,
- Have dust or cobwebs on it,
- Be detecting a change in temperature, like a hot kitchen or bathroom, or
- Have reached the end of its life cycle. Smoke alarms typically last 8-10 years.
Smoke alarm installation in Perth
There are so many ways to be fire-safe in your home. If you need professional help with smoke alarm installation, contact your local electrical contractors in Perth, Wacomm.
With over 20 years’ experience in providing electrical services, we know all about safeguarding Perth families.
You can’t put a price on peace of mind. Make sure your smoke alarms are in top, working order. These simple, inexpensive devices save lives and should never be ignored.