Smoke Alarms Toowoomba
Smoke alarm installation, maintenance, testing, repair and replacement
Smoke Alarm Installation Toowoomba QLD
Smoke alarms, also known as smoke detectors are essential in any residential home or commercial business for safety and meeting QLD requirements.
In the event of a fire, the smoke detector will alert you, your tenants or employees to the danger; this means that you have an early warning about the fire and can take action to keep yourself and others safe.
Whether your a building a new house, renovating or a landlord upgrading your investment properties smoke alarms to become compliant with new Queensland Government regulations, we’re the electricians you can count on for legislation compliant smoke alarm installation in Toowoomba.
You can trust that your property and it’s occupants are safe when you choose us. Upon completion we provide a QLD government-approved certificate of compliance. We also offer a full warranty on the alarms we supply and a workmanship warranty to give you extra piece of mind.
Local Smoke Alarm Fitters Toowoomba
We’re a team of local Toowoomba electricians offering a variety of residential and commercial electrical services. Among them is smoke alarm installation or smoke alarm fitting.
Unfortunately there are many dodgy smoke alarm installation operators popping up due to increased demand caused by the introduction of new QLD government smoke alarm legislation. Thankfully, you can still get a trusted local company to do the smoke alarm fitting.
Being licensed electricians we like to hardwire the smoke alarms instead of popping up battery-powered alarms. For our customers going the route of installing hardwired smoke alarms is generally the cheaper option in the long run, since they do not require replacement every 10 years.
Why Choose Our Smoke Alarm Service For Your Toowoomba Property?
QLD Government Certificate of Compliance
Provided with all out smoke alarm installation jobs
Smoke Alarm Warranty
Unlike other dodgy operators, we offer 5+ year product & labour warranty for our alarms
We standby our quality smoke alarm service work and all our electrical work
Types of Smoke Detectors and Alarms:
Battery Powered Smoke Alarms
Battery powered smoke detectors are easier to install and can be bought at Bunnings or reputable hardware store, they run on the battery which means that you must replace the battery for the alarm to work. No battery = No alarm. New QLD government regulations are phasing out the old 9V battery smoke alarms in favour of non removable 10 year lithium ion models.
Hard wired Smoke Alarms
hardwired smoke alarms are connected to the power supply of your home or office. Meaning that you don’t have to change batteries for your alarm to work, it is always connected to the power source. These smoke alarms have a backup battery in the event of a power outage so you’re always protected.
Hardwired Smoke Detectors must be installed and repaired by a qualified electrician as they are connected to the main power supply it is dangerous and illegal to attempt to install these units without the appropriate qualifications.
QLD Government Requirements For Smoke Alarms:
Smoke alarms in all dwellings must:
- Be less than 10 years old
- Operate when tested
- Be photoelectric smoke alarms and comply with Australian Standard 3786-2014
- Be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together
- Be either hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery.
To comply with QLD Requirements and to protect yourself against liability, contact your local, fully qualified and licensed electrical contractor.
Fire and Rescue services recommend routine testing of the smoke alarm by pressing the ‘test’ button once a month. Yearly professional smoke alarm testing and smoke alarm servicing is advised.
Smoke Alarm maintenance and smoke alarm testing Toowoomba:
Commonly, when smoke alarms fail, it is not because of a technical problem but because the smoke alarm battery has run out and the people in the home or office have not realised or have disconnected the alarm due to irritating ‘chirping’ which unknowingly to them means battery must be changed. Hence why new Queensland government regulations are phasing out the 9V removable battery powered smoke alarms.
As mentioned above, smoke alarms are either battery operated or are hardwired into the main power supply.
When a Smoke Detector is Hardwired, it means that it will not run out of battery, and has the backup battery so you’re protected 100% of the time.
New smoke alarms with non removable lithium batteries can last up to 10 years.
As tenant you are required to test your smoke alarm every 12 months but it is recommended that you test them every month by pressing the ‘test’ button. If the alarm does not sound you must contact your property management immediately.
If you are a Landlord, to comply with QLD requirements, you must change the
- You must test and clean each smoke alarm within 30 days before the start of a tenancy agreement (including lease renewal)
- You must also replace, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, each battery in the smoke alarm that is flat, or almost flat, within 30 days before the start of a tenancy.
These rules are in place to protect yourself, your family, tenants, employees and customers.
If in doubt it’s always a good idea to have have a smoke alarm service performed by your local electricians to ensure your property is safe and 100% compliant with the new regulations.
Smoke Alarm Servicing Toowoomba QLD
Repair and Replacement of Smoke Alarms:
Smoke Detectors are required to be replaced every 10 years.
Hardwired smoke alarms must be maintained, repaired and replaced by licensed electricians as the smoke alarms are connected to the main power supply.
Signs to indicate your smoke alarm needs to be replaced:
- A ‘chirp’ sound that goes off intermittently
- When testing the smoke alarm, the alarm does not go off
both signs indicate that it is time to change your smoke alarm!
Contact your local electrician in Toowoomba to discuss our smoke alarm servicing and what we can do to help keep your home and business safe!
Connectivity of Smoke Detectors:
The benefit of having interconnected smoke alarms is that if one smoke detector is alarming, other smoke detectors in the house or office will also alarm, alerting you to the fire regardless of how loud your music is or where you are in the home.
Battery powered smoke alarms function as stand alone, isolated alarms meaning that if one goes off, others in the house won’t be triggered unless they are affected by smoke.
Ionisation Smoke Alarms: Detect smoke in the air, Ionisation Smoke alarms ‘smell’ smoke. These are your cheaper older style 9V battery smoke alarms.
Photoelectric Smoke Alarms: Detect visible particles of combustion they are very effective in sensing all types of fires. Photoelectric smoke alarms ‘see’ smoke.
An advantage of installing a photoelectric smoke alarm compared to ionisation alarms, is photoelectric smoke alarms are less prone to false alarms due to cooking.
Ask your electrician what type of smoke alarm you have and what we recommend to keep your family and employees safe!