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Does your home have properly functioning smoke alarms? Are they installed strategically throughout the house? When was the last time you tested them? When was the last time you got them replaced? Do they live up to the latest Australian standards for fire safety?


As licensed electricians in Ballarat, we believe these are some of the questions you should be asking yourself as a homeowner to keep yourself, your property, and your family safe from possible fire hazards.

But before we dive into this any further, you should know that smoke alarm installation is just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty other considerations that only a licensed electrician in Ballarat can tell you about your next smoke alarm installation.

So here are some of the tips that will surely help you with your next smoke alarm installation in Ballarat.

1. Installing smoke alarms at the right places

When it comes to smoke alarms, early detection of fire can be all the difference you need to save your home and your loved ones. However, if smoke alarms are not strategically installed at the right places, chances are that they will set off when it’s already too late.

If you are installing a smoke alarm in the kitchen, make sure it’s at least 3 meters away from where you cook, so as not to trigger a false alarm. Each bedroom should have a smoke alarm and so should the areas in the hallways right outside the bedroom.

Never install smoke alarms near windows, vents or fans as the air circulation might prevent the alarm from instantly detecting smoke.

2. Smoke alarms must be hardwired and interconnected

Interconnecting smoke alarms throughout the house makes sure that in case of a fire, all the alarms are set off at the same time, so everyone is alerted instantly.

Additionally, hardwiring smoke alarms ensures that your devices are run on two different power sources. They will run on main power for everyday use and will switch to battery mode in case of power outage.

Note that it’s still advisable to test the batteries on a regular basis, to be on the safe side.

3. Regularly maintain your smoke alarms

From testing your smoke alarm on a monthly basis to cleaning it off cobwebs and dust particles that may hinder the performance, smoke alarms need to be maintained to be able to work optimally at all times.

Change your smoke alarms’ batteries every year and if your alarm is more than 10 years old, it’s time to call your Ballarat Electrician to replace it with a new one.

4. Photoelectric smoke alarms are the way to go

Recommended by CFA as the most effective smoke alarms at detecting house fires such as smoldering fires, make sure you are installing a photoelectric smoke alarm in your home rather than ionization alarms which are more suitable for detecting rapid flame fires.

Wrapping up:

As licensed electricians in Ballarat, we have been to many properties that have faulty smoke alarms. If you think that your home has an old smoke alarm that needs to be replaced, we are here to help.

Feel free to call us at 03 4333 9117 and we will be more than happy to be of service.