A small fire is capable of spreading right through your home within minutes. By law, smoke alarms are compulsory for every home in Sydney and throughout Australia. In times you might not be aware, smoke alarms will alert you if the presence of smoke is smouldering through your home. Instead of waking you, the smoke and toxic gases from a fire can numb your senses and send you into a deeper sleep. This is why it is so vital that all homes and businesses comply with the Australian standards for smoke alarm installations. Throughout our 20 years of knowledge in the electrical trade, our electricians have the experience to tackle any smoke alarm repair or any type of electrical issue. There are two types of smoke alarms: the 240 volt powered and the 10-year lithium smoke alarm. We recommend the powered smoke alarm with a lithium battery as the battery keeps the smoke alarm operating in the event of a power failure. Also worth noting, installing a photoelectric alarm over the ionisation is far more effective for triggering and sensing smouldering fires.
Its recommended to replace your smoke alarm every ten years, but that’s not to say it can become faulty during this period. Our phone can ring during the night, and we have often been called out to customers home to resolve their smoke alarm issues. That little beeping sound you hear every 30 seconds or so is a common fault on the smoke alarm and must be immediately repaired or replaced. If the beeping sound continues, it indicates the smoke alarm has become faulty, or the battery needs changing inside the fitting. There is always a strong possibility that the electronics of the smoke alarm have broken down. We have seen incidents where pests or ants have been nesting inside the alarm, triggering it to become defective. Unfortunately, a smoke alarm cannot be repaired not unless the battery needs exchanging; otherwise, the whole unit will need replacing. No doubt, a smoke alarm is not a handyman’s job and must be installed or replaced by a licensed electrician.
At km.electric, not only do we provide smoke alarm installation and repairs service, but we also offer maintenance services. Smoke alarms under the legislation in buildings 2, 3, 4, and 9a are required by regulation to have a maintenance schedule in place for smoke alarm testing.
Through the fire safety schedule, it is recommended that the alarm system be regularly maintained on a six-monthly basis. We carry out various tests during smoke alarm maintenance, testing the fitting, checking the power supply to the alarm, smoke test, cleaning if necessary, and replacing expired or faulty smoke alarms. Our electricians have the knowledge and expertise when it comes to the NSW smoke alarm legislation and service.