Only well placed, working smoke alarms can provide the critical early warning needed to save lives.
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Installing Smoke Alarms
Most residential fires that result in injury or death occur at night when people are asleep and where there is no working smoke alarm. When deciding on the position of smoke alarms in your home, it is important to your qualified electrician place the alarms in areas where people sleep.
Laws in Western Australia require homes subject to sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire to have mains power smoke alarms installed. These smoke alarms should be installed by a qualified electrician and placed in the following locations
- in Single Level Homes smoke alarms must be installed on or near the ceiling . a) In all hallways leading to bedrooms. b) Where there is no hallway, in an area near the bedrooms.
- In Multi Level Homes smoke alarms must be located: a) On each level containing bedrooms(see diagram below). b) On every other level not containing bedrooms, even if they consist only of bathrooms, laundries, car parks etc. the favoured location for the smoke alarm is in the path of people will most likely take to evacuate the building such as hall or stairway.
When installing mains power smoke alarms, alway use a Licensed Electrician .
DFES Recommend installing photoelectric smoke alarms in sleeping areas and paths to sleeping areas.
Replace Your Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.
If your ceiling is made of concrete and the dwelling is not already provided with a main smoke alarm the law allow you to install a 10 Year, lithium powered smoke alarm with non removable batteries.
Where you have more than one smoke alarm installed in your home It required that your smoke alarms be interconnected . Interconnection means when one smoke alarm detects smoke all the smoke alarms in the home will sound the alarm.
DFES also recommends additional smoke alarms are installed in every bedroom especially where there are children or where person sleeps with the door closed.
This increases the chances that a sleeping person will hear the alarm sound
Smoke alarms are extremely sensitive and may detect smoke and moisture created by common household activities. To reduce the likelihood of nuisance alarms, the smoke alarms should nit be installed near kitchens,laundry, bathroom, air conditioners, heaters, fans and other temperature control devices.