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Smoke Alarm Repairs & Installation in Mandurah, WA

Do I need to install a smoke alarm in my kitchen? How do I know if my detectors are working correctly? What should I look for when choosing a smoke alarm? Which areas of my house should have smoke alarms installed? These are all important questions for any homeowner.

Smoke alarms save lives. They’re the first line of defence against fire, and they can be lifesaving when it comes to preventing injury or death from a house fire. A smoke alarm should be loud enough to wake up the whole house in case of an emergency. There are many different types of alarms, so you must do your research before deciding which one is right for you. It is recommended to consult a qualified electrician about smoke alarms while installing one at your premises.

PEC Electrical provides expert advice on choosing the best type and convenient location of smoke detectors for all kinds of homes in Mandurah and its surrounding suburbs, such as San Remo, Wannanup, and Meadow Springs. Our friendly team can install new alarms or replace old ones that are missing batteries or malfunctioning. We also provide alarm maintenance services to ensure that your existing detectors are still functioning correctly after their battery change date has passed.

The Importance of Smoke Alarms in Residential and Commercial Properties

When you think about it, the difference between life and death is just a matter of seconds. That’s why smoke detector alarms are so important! When your house burns down, these devices can give you an audible warning to escape if necessary.

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A smoke alarm is an essential safety precaution that can save your life and the lives of others should there be a fire in your home or business by giving the earliest warning. Correct smoke alarm installation will protect all sides of your property with its warning signals to alert neighbours if need be, because, without one appropriately fitted, it won’t have the protection that any homeowner deserves for their belongings too! At the same time, you’re asleep, at work, or away on holiday.

Smoke alarms alert you to the presence of smoke so your family, friends, or coworkers can escape to safety or prevent the fire from spreading. 

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Although smoke alarms may seem expensive, the advantages they offer are worth far more. Smoke alarms will alert you in time in case of a fire, allowing you to save valuable assets. The cost of operating a smoke detector will be kept to a minimum if it is effective and well-functioning. Furthermore, suppose your fire detection system is well-maintained. In that case, there won’t be any inspection fines, and your insurance rates may even go down.

Why Choose PEC Electrical for Smoke Alarm Testing and Installation

If you have a smoke alarm, it’s vital to ensure that it’s working correctly and is in good condition. PEC Electrical offers professional installation and testing of all types of smoke alarms for your home or business. We can also help with smoke alarm battery replacement if needed.

We use our experience and knowledge to help you solve any of your electrical problems. Your needs are the most important thing, so we work with you until we find a solution that benefits both quality and cost in the long run. We use advanced tools and equipment to perform installations, testing, and repairs. PEC Electrical has a friendly team of certified and experienced electricians who work as per the AS/NZS 3000:2018 standards and as per AS3786:2014 for Smoke Alarms. 

So if you need us, we’re here! We make sure we get it right every time by providing quality advice on maintaining and installing smoke alarms from leading brands.

For help with the installation of smoke alarms, call PEC electrical today at 0417 838 275 or email us at info@pecelectrical.com.au.

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FAQs About Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms for home use typically fall into two categories: ionisation and photoelectric. Photoelectric smoke alarms are usually much faster at detecting smoky fires because they react to the presence of particles rather than ionisation. In a typical house, fire has been proven to burn materials slowly and produce thick smoke for up to several hours before flaring into flames. Early detection of fires while they’re smouldering is crucial for putting out the fire or escape. 

Studies have shown that photoelectric sensors typically respond within 3-5 minutes, while those using ionisation take significantly longer (upwards of 20 minutes), by which time escape will be more difficult. This is why experts and the Australian government recommend photoelectric smoke detectors for households. 

Smoke alarms save lives, and installing one yourself is not a task you consider doing. In Australia, only licensed electricians can install your smoke alarm and can ensure it works as it should and prevent electrical issues from arising. A certified electrician must also install a smoke alarm connected to main power. Photoelectric smoke alarms can often be installed easily with little effort.

Only well-placed, working smoke alarms can provide the critical early warning needed to save lives.

Western Australian law requires every home and business to be equipped with a smoke alarm. A hardwired power supply is needed for every house built after 1st July 1997. Since 1st October 2009, mains-powered smoke alarms must also be fitted in all existing residential buildings prior to the transfer of ownership, rent or hire.

  • The smoke alarm must be located in the centre of the ceiling.
  • You can install a smoke alarm on a wall as long as it sits between 300mm and 500mm from the ceiling.
  • Ideally, a cathedral ceiling should be 500mm to 1500mm from the smoke alarm.

As specified and regulated by Australian Standard 3786, smoke detectors last up to 10 years. After a decade, they must be replaced to comply with industry recommendations-but don’t worry! If you can’t find a date of manufacture or expiration date on your unit, contact the manufacturer or supplier. They will provide you with the details.

A red light on all smoke alarms flashes momentarily every 40-60 seconds to indicate their operation. When the smoke alarm is activated, the red light flashes continuously. Fast flashing red lights indicate which smoke alarm initiated the alarm if there are interconnected smoke alarms.

  • When they are faulty or have low batteries, smoke alarms will make a “beep” or “chirping” sound. 

  • In the case of an extended mains power outage, the smoke alarm may also alert you to low battery. Your smoke alarm will need a new battery if this occurs.

  • Batteries do not always need to be replaced in a battery-powered smoke alarm.

  • Smoke alarms. Non-replaceable smoke alarms may come with a warning that the batteries are not replaceable. If you need to replace your battery, always check the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

  • In order to operate properly, smoke alarms powered by mains electricity must have a green “Power ON” LED indicator. Connecting the alarm to the mains power will cause it to light up. 

  • After replacing the battery, ensure the smoke detector is working by holding down the test button until an alert tone is heard. A smoke alarm must be maintained regularly.

  • All smoke alarms require replacement every ten years.

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