Smoke detectors are an important part of your safety in the home. It is important to maintain them and ensure that the backup battery is replaced yearly. The Fire & Emergency Services run an important campaign to assist with remembering to replace your battery every 12 months, the campaign requests to change it on the 1st of April every year so not to be an April Fool.
As well as replacing the battery it is important to keep the alarm clean of dust, cobwebs, and moisture as this will help minimize false alarms and ensure your smoke alarm is in working order. Northern Territory legislation requires the following quoted from the PFES website: “Residential properties that are owner-occupied and have hardwired (240 volt) ionisation smoke alarms already installed only need to replace them with compatible mains powered approved photoelectric alarms when the ionisation smoke alarm ceases to function. Homeowners may choose to replace their alarms sooner but this is not a legal requirement. Where residential property owners are renewing a tenancy or selling a property or dwelling, approved photoelectric smoke alarms must be installed by the owner prior to the occupancy of the tenant or completion of the sale transaction.”
An easy way to check if your smoke alarm is photoelectric is to read the label that sits underneath the head of the smoke alarm. The label will clearly state on all brands the type of smoke alarm. If the smoke alarm label state’s ionisation or radioactive, this is the incorrect type of smoke alarm it should be replaced as a matter of priority. Please see this video to see where the label rests and how to remove the smoke alarm label.
Please see this website for up to date legislation and handy information regarding smoke alarms: http://www.pfes.nt.gov.au/Fire-and-Rescue/Territory-laws-on-smoke-alarms.aspx
If you are not sure don’t leave your safety to chance, have a qualified professional check the smoke alarm and ensure it is the correct type, in the right location and is working. Call Florance Electrical Darwin today!