It’s common knowledge that working Smoke Alarms in your property is a important necessity, and aside from the occasional irritating beep if the battery needs replacing, we barely notice their presence.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE WORKING SMOKE ALARMS?
Smoke Alarms are a vital tool. They are a critical first line of defence against catastrophic loss.
WORKING SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES
Many fatalities occur, because a Smoke Alarm has been disconnected or is missing. Smoke Alarms safeguard the lives of your family, they detect smoke well before any sleeping occupant would and provide critical seconds to implement actions and get out of the property.
A Smoke Alarm can only save lives if they are present, properly maintained and in good working order.
MINIMIZE PROPERTY LOSS
There are many more combustible materials in today’s homes than in years past, which means a spark or small fire can engulf a house in less than five minutes.
While Smoke Alarms don’t have the capacity to actively put out fires, they can alert the people who can. The faster this happens, the sooner the fire is extinguished and your home will sustain less damage.
IT’S THE LAW
Whilst legislation varies between States and Territories in Australia, it is legislated that Smoke Alarms are compulsory in residential dwellings.
Overall, the best thing you can get by installing Smoke Alarms in your home or building is peace of mind. There’s nothing more comforting than knowing that you can sleep soundly without worrying that a fire may occur without you knowing.
Here are several ways to check if your Smoke Alarms are functioning properly:
- Test your Smoke Alarm once a week using the test button
- Replace Smoke Alarms at least every 10 years
- Replace batteries annually
- Always check for accumulated dust around the Smoke Alarm unit