Smoke Alarm Installation & Repair

Smoke Alarms

smoke alarmSmoke alarms save lives. Without them in your home, your risk of death from a house fire is up to 3 times higher. In Queensland, about three-quarters of all home fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms — nearly half of all house fire deaths occur when people are sleeping.

Smoke Alarms Laws

By law, all homes and units in Queensland must be fitted with smoke alarms. It is your responsibility to make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed.

Your obligations

  • Homes built before 1 July 1997 must have at least one 9-volt battery-operated smoke alarm
  • Homes built or significantly renovated after 1 July 1997 must have a 240-volt (hard-wired) smoke alarm.
  • Buildings submitted for approval from 1st May 2014 must have hard-wired and interconnected smoke alarms.

Read more about smoke alarm legislation (PDF).

Choosing a smoke alarm

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services recommends all homes are fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms (not ionisation types).

LIF5800_groupedPhotoelectric smoke alarms

Photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more effective than ionisation types because they ‘see’ the smoke by detecting visible particles of combustion. For this reason they are good at detecting smouldering fires and dense smoke, and are not as prone to false alarms (from cooking etc.).

There are two kinds of photoelectric smoke alarms:

  • 240-volt smoke alarms (also called ‘hard-wired smoke alarms’). These are connected to the house electrical system and have a battery back-up power supply
  • 9-volt smoke alarms (also called ‘battery-operated smoke alarms’) are stand-alone battery operated alarms.

Read more about smoke alarm legislation (PDF).

Wynnum Manly Electrical offer a range of services to ensure that the smoke alarms in your home or business are functioning correctly.

Smoke Alarm Installation

We can install new smoke alarms systems or individual alarms, or can replace your existing out of date alarms.

Smoke Alarm Maintenance/ Repair

Smoke Alarms should be replaced after 10 years, and batteries should be checked and replaced annually.

If you are concerned about the location or function of your smoke alarms, please contact us for a chat.