Smoke alarms save lives. Without them in your home, your risk of death from a house fire is up to 3 times higher. Nearly half of all house fire deaths occur when people are sleeping.
Fire and Emergency Services recommends all homes are fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms (not ionization types).
Photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective than ionization types because they ‘see’ the smoke by detecting visible particles of combustion. For this reason they are good at detecting smoldering fires and dense smoke, and are not as prone to false alarms (from cooking etc.).
There are two kinds of photoelectric smoke alarms:
240-volt smoke alarms (also called ‘hard-wired smoke alarms’). These are connected to the house electrical system and have a battery back-up power supply
9-volt smoke alarms (also called ‘battery-operated smoke alarms’) are stand-alone battery operated alarms.
Legislation has also been brought in that if you sell or rent your property that all homes must be fitted with photoelectric smoke detectors before sale or renting – so don’t wait until then, make your home safe now!
Contact K&J Burns the electrical experts for a free quote to install a smoke alarm or convert to photoelectric today!