What are smoke detectors?
A smoke detector is a genuinely life-saving device which detects smoke well before any occupant, sleeping or awake. It provides people with critical seconds to act to save lives and property.
According to clause 146A of Part 9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, at least one working smoke alarm must be installed on each level in all buildings in NSW where people sleep. The smoke alarms must meet the requirements of Australian Standard AS 3786. In case of non-compliance with these guidelines, a fine up to $550 could be imposed.
But legal imposition is not the only reason why you should install a smoke detector. Here are a few reasons why a smoke detector should be installed in every building.
- They can warn you before you smell smoke and give you time to get to safety. Smoke alarms provide an early signal to the presence of smoke, so you and your loved ones can get to safety or prevent the fire from spreading – if it’s safe to do so.
- They stand guard around the clock and act even in your absence like a safety net. This helps in saving you from losses related to your property damage that the fire could have potentially caused.
- If installed properly and maintained with care, they help prevent further property damage and loss of life.
Here are a few important things to keep in mind while installing a smoke detector!
- To be on the safer side, make sure to install a smoke detector both inside and outside your sleeping areas. This should be done to ensure maximum security at the time of emergency. Even a few seconds can result in saving many lives and huge losses.
- Have a qualified electrician perform the initial installations. If the smoke detector is going to be wired into your home’s electrical system, it is always better to have a professional do it for you.
- If all your smoke detectors are powered by electricity, it is advised that you do install at least one battery-powered smoke detector to be on the safer side.
- In case of a battery-powered smoke alarm, you don’t need a special electrician, but just a screwdriver would do the trick.
- Do not skip any of the steps mentioned in the manufacturer’s installation guide, because there’ difference between various brands and you could end up sabotaging your security.
- Don’t forget to test your smoke detectors monthly after installation and don’t ever disconnect the batteries.
- Do change the batteries of your smoke detector at least once a year.
- Clean the smoke detectors according to the instructions given in the manual.
- It is always advised that you get the smoke detectors from a trusted manufacturer.
Precaution is always better than cure. Get your smoke detectors installed today!