Why Should You Install Smoke Detectors in Your Home?
Basically, there are three main reasons why you have to have at least one smoke detector in your home:
First, it’s the law.
Second, it can save our property.
Third and most important, it can save your life and your family’s life.
Frankly, there are a lot of fire hazards in any house. It can be because of gas leaks, electrical faults and even human error. These are just some of the possible causes of house fires. This is why Brisbane homes must have at least one smoke alarm and this includes rental properties as well. The Building Code of Australia requires to have a minimum 240-volt hard-wired smoke alarm. Though it is still okay to use a minimum of 9-volt battery-operated smoke alarm, it is still much better to use the 240-volt alarms even if these are a bit more expensive. These are more reliable and can be linked to other alarm systems in place in the house. Homeowners and residents shouldn’t attempt to install this kind of alarm by themselves since these need to be installed by a qualified and certified residential electrician Brisbane.
Essentially, the main use of the smoke detected to to alarm the residents that there’s fire in the property or home so that they have enough time and opportunity to safely evacuate. This is why these alarms should be placed strategically in a hallway that leads to the bedrooms. In homes that doesn’t have any bedroom, such as the pad type condos, a smoke alarm should be installed near the evacuation plan. Don’t install smoke detectors in areas that can result to regular false plan such as the kitchen or any areas that make it hard to detect the smoke such as windows, air conditioners and near ceiling corners.
It is important to check the alarms regularly to ensure that it is in good working order and the battery is still functional Make sure to regularly clean the alarm using vacuum cleaner to remove the dust particles at least every six months. Dust and grime can interfere with the performance of the alarm. Lithium batteries need to be replaced every 10 years while alkaline batteries should be replaced every 12 months. Aside from the the alarms, you need to have an evacuation plan which all the family members should be familiar with. Regularly practice the plan and make sure that both the fire blanket and fire extinguisher are accessible in case of emergencies.