Smoke alarms are commonplace now. The law requires that a certain number of smoke alarms are installed in new homes. The law is always being reviewed and there are time frames outlined for exinting homes to eventually have smoke alarms installed.
If you have an older house without existing smoke alarms you need to consider the need for these devices.
Other factors that need to be considered regarding your smoke alarms are maintenance and replacement as needed.
One of the major requirements is that a smoke alarm must be installed in each bedroom, hallway and on each storey of the house. This, in conjunction with the requirement for interconnection of all smoke alarms will make this early warning system extremely effective in alerting the occupants to smoke. These alarms are also require to be hard-wired with battery backup, or alternatively if hardwiring is not possible, to have a 10 year battery and to be wirelessly interlinked.
Another requirement is that older ionisation smoke alarms are to be swapped out for photoelectric smoke alarms. So, what’s the difference between the two, and how are photoelectric smoke alarms better than ionisation?
Photoelectric are faster, and have a lower false alarm rate to steam from cooking or showers. This means the alarms stay on the roof and active rather than being taken down by the occupant due to false alarms. They also contain no radioactive material (even tho this is safe) . To find out what type you have, remove the alarm and read the information on the base of the alarm, it will have the type of alarm there.