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C. FALZON ELECTRICAL

FOR ALL YOUR ELECTRICAL & SOLAR NEEDS

SMOKE ALARM COMPLIANCE

IS YOUR FAMILY SAFE IN A FIRE?

SMOKE ALRAMS SAVE LIVES

Without them in your home, your risk of death from a house fire is up to 3 times higher. In Queensland, about three-quarters of all home fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms — nearly half of all house fire deaths occur when people are sleeping.*

*INFORMATION PROVIDED BY QLD GOVERMENT WEBSITE

https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/safety/smoke-alarms.html

Last updated 25 February, 2015

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

NEW LAWS COME INTO EFFECT AS OF JANUARY 2017

Tougher new laws will be phased in from January 1st next year. (2017)


The laws are designed to make households safer


Here's what you need to know:

  • As of 01.01.2017

Photoelectric alarms will be required to be installed in homes any time a smoke alarm is being replaced or a new one is being installed in any way

  • As of 01.01.2017

All new dwellings and substantially renovated properties are required to have the photoelectric alarms

  • As of 01.01.2022

All dwellings sold or leased; all Government-owned housing will be required to have photoelectric alarms installed

  • As of 01.01.2027

All domestic dwellings in QLD will be required to have the photoelectric alarms installed


Never preform electrical work yourself always use a licenced electrician.

SOURCE ABC NEWS ARTICLE

CHOOSING & POSITIONING SMOKE ALARMS

There is overwhelming evidence that families have greater chances of escaping from fires unharmed if they have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms installed correctly.


Every Queensland home will need to have photoelectric, inter-connected smoke alarms in bedrooms, living areas and escape paths by 2027


Here is some Information provided by CHOICE

There is also a link to the full article "smoke alarm buying guide" By CHOICE.com.au


Photoelectric alarms are the best type for homes, as shown by past CHOICE tests and as recommended by most fire authorities. Photoelectric smoke alarms are much faster at detecting smoke than ionisation alarms. In a typical house fire, burning material smoulders and smokes for a long time (possibly a few hours) before flaring into flames. It's crucial to detect the fire early in the smouldering phase so you can deal with the fire or escape the house; the longer the fire goes on, the more smoke can fill the home and become an inhalation and visibility risk.


Studies have shown that photoelectric alarms typically respond to smoky fires within about three to five minutes. Most ionisation alarms take much longer – up to 20 minutes or more – by which time escape can be much more difficult.

CHOICE INFORMATION ARTICLE

OTHER SAFTEY MEASURES YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY

No one ever wants to be in the position where they are in a dangerous fire situation and there are some simple things you can do to help reduce your fire risk.


Home Fire Safety Tips

  • Never leave cooking, heaters, open fires or candles unattended
  • Don't overload power boards
  • Keep electrical appliances in good working order
  • Ensure cigarette ash and butts are extinguished. Never smoke in bed
  • Do not dry clothing in front of heaters
  • Clean lint filters in clothes dryers after every use and always let dryers complete the cool-down cycle
  • Store all matches and lighters out of reach of children
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and fire blanket and know how to use them
  • Have a home fire evacuation plan and practise it regularly
  • Never deadlock yourself inside the house.

Ways WE CAN HELP you to reduce your risk

  • Repairing electrical appliances
  • Installing new power points to stop overloading power boards/adapters
  • Inspecting and identifying any electrical fire hazards
  • installing isolator switches for cooktops and ovens
  • INSTALLING MAINATINING AND TESTING SMOKE ALARMS
  • Advice on where you need smoke alarms them in your home and how you can comply with the new laws and keep your family safe.

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