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Sutherland Shire

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Sutherland Shire

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Smoke Alarm Installation Sutherland Shire

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Our Smoke Alarm Installation Electricians at True Local Electricians provide all Smoke Detector Installation & Replacement services in the Sutherland Shire. If you are searching for a reliable electrician to test your smoke detectors, please call our electricians on 0423 562 257.

Smoke Detector Installation Sutherland Shire

Smoke Alarm Replacement Sutherland Shire

Expert Smoke Detector Installation and Testing in the Sutherland Shire

Welcome to True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire, your trusted source for comprehensive smoke alarm services in the Sutherland Shire area. Our expert team specializes in smoke alarm installation, replacement, testing, and smoke detector installation, ensuring the utmost safety and peace of mind for your home or business. With a focus on quality and attention to detail, we provide top-notch service to ensure that your smoke alarms are up to code and functioning optimally. Whether you need a new smoke alarm system installed, your existing alarms replaced, or regular testing and maintenance, our skilled technicians have got you covered. Trust True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire for all your smoke alarm needs in the Sutherland Shire area.

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Smoke Alarm Installation Sutherland Shire

FREE Smoke Alarm Safety Inspections

Types of Smoke Alarms

What Type Of Smoke Alarms Do I Need?

There are two main types of smoke alarms available today, ionisation or photoelectric smoke alarms. The ionisation smoke alarm works on the principal of using a small amount of radioactive material to ionise the air in a chamber were current flows, once smoke enters the chamber the air will decrease resulting in a reduction of current flow which activates the alarm. Ionisation smoke alarms are great for detecting flames however they are becoming obsolete due to only detecting flaming fires which reduces the time it takes for the alarm to activate in the event of a smouldering fire.

The modern day solution is the photoelectric smoke alarm which is more effective in sensing smouldering fires. A Photoelectric smoke alarm works by having a chamber containing a light source, when smoke enters the chamber the light disperses sounding the alarm. In times where there is a lot of synthetic material furniture, a photoelectric smoke alarm replacement is better as it will respond quicker to the smouldering fires caused by synthetic material. Other advantages for a photoelectric alarm include a reduction in nuisance alarming while cooking, and no radioactive gases present.

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Benefits of Professional Smoke Alarm Installation

At True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire, we use both Clipsal and Lifesaver hardwired, 10 year rechargeable lithium battery, so you will not need to change your smoke alarm battery annually. The rechargeable battery will also last an astonishing 3 months without mains power connected to the unit. These alarms provide the maximum protection to your family for detecting smouldering fires. You can read more on the brands we use when we perform a Smoke Alarm Installation by Clicking Here. For more information, view Fire & Rescue NSW website by Clicking Here

Maintain your Smoke Alarm

Useful steps to ensure your family are protected against fires. True Local electricians recommend the following steps to protect your Sutherland Shire home

Once a month

Test your smoke alarm batteries every month by pressing and holding the test button for at least five seconds until you hear the beeps. Once the test button is pushed, it will sound the alarm and when released will stop. If the alarm does not sound, there is a problem which will need to be inspected by a licensed electrician from True Local Electricians.

Every 6 months

Dust: Vacuum dust off your smoke alarms every six months. Over time dust particles will build up inside the smoke alarm, using a vacuum will remove most of the particles and clean the smoke alarm. Keeping your smoke alarm free of particles to help reduce false alarms and ensure smoke can easily reach the internal sensor.

Every year

Battery Replacement: Replace lead or alkaline batteries every 12 months, unless it carries a lithium battery which will last up to 10 years. If a smoke alarm’s battery requires replacement, it will beep every 30 – 60 seconds. If the smoke alarm continues to beep after the battery has been replaced the smoke alarm is faulty and you will need a Smoke Alarm Replacement.

Every 10 years

Replace all smoke alarms with new 10-year lithium powered smoke alarms every 10 years, or earlier if specified by the manufacturer.

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Smoke Alarm Installation - Emergency Electrician

Smoke Alarm Installation Questions

Where Do My Smoke Alarms Need To Be Installed?

Smoke alarms by law need to be installed on every floor of a dwelling in the Sutherland Shire. For the maximum protection we suggest to install smoke alarms in all bedrooms and lounge or dining area of your home. At a minimum should install one smoke alarm per floor level, outside of your bedrooms, either in hallways or stairways. Smoke alarms should be interlink, so once one smoke alarm triggers the others in your home should also sound also. If your home was built prior to 2015, your smoke alarms may not be interlinked and should be checked by a licenced electrician at True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire

Why is my smoke alarm beeping?

If you install smoke alarms in the wrong places the result can be nuisance alarming. We recommend not installing a fire alarm next to a bathroom or laundry as the hot steam from a bath or shower can trigger the alarm. The moisture from your laundry appliances can sound the alarm and create nuisance tripping – Sutherland Shire is especially prone to moisture related smoke alarm beeping. Smoke alarms should also be mounted 3 feet away from ceiling fans as the fan can blow the smoke away from the alarm in the event of a fire. Smoke alarms should not be installed near Windows or sliding doors as smoke can be swept away from the alarm due from a breeze exiting windows or doors. Mounting smoke alarms next to, or near kitchen appliances is also not advisable as the kitchen is a common cause for smoke alarms to nuisance trip causing a false alarm.  If your smoke alarm has been installed incorrectly, please contact us at True Local Electricians to have it professionally moved to another spot in your Sutherland Shire home.

How often should i organise Smoke Detector Replacement?

Smoke alarms do not last forever and should be properly maintained to ensure their effectiveness. Smoke alarms will lose their effectiveness over time due to the build up of dust, termites and electrical corroding. Always check  the manufacturer’s date which is printed on the smoke alarm to make sure it is still in date.  True Local Electricians recommend changing your smoke alarm to modern photoelectric type alarms with a 10 year lithium battery to offer maximum protection. Always use a licensed electrician to install a hard wired smoke alarm.

How many Smoke Alarms do i need to install?

In addition to the minimum requirement of one smoke alarm per level, Fire and Rescue NSW & True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire recommends installing smoke alarms in all bedrooms and living spaces (including hallways and stairways) and even the garage. NSW legislation requires all residents to have one working smoke alarm installed on each level of their home. This includes owner occupied, rental properties, relocatable homes, caravans and campervans or any other residential building where people sleep. View the smoke alarm installation guide for further information.

Are there approved smoke alarms?

All smoke alarms installed in residential accommodation in NSW must meet the requirements of Australian Standard AS 3786.

Hard-wired vs battery operated Smoke Alarms

Fire and Rescue NSW & True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire recommends wherever possible, hard-wired and interconnected smoke alarms are installed. If your alarms cannot be hard-wired, FRNSW recommends smoke alarms that rely on 10-year lithium batteries. Inbuilt 10-year lithium batteries last as long as the smoke alarm so you don’t need to worry about replacing them every year – you simply replace the entire smoke alarm unit once every 10 years.

Hard-wired smoke alarm

A hard-wired smoke alarm consists of a 240-volt smoke alarm connected to a home’s electrical system with a battery back-up power supply.

Battery operated smoke alarm

Most smoke alarms come with a battery but not all batteries are the same:

  • 10 year lithium batteries:These batteries are recommended and last as long as the smoke alarm.
  • Lead or alkaline batteries:Need to be replaced yearly.

On 1 May 2006, the NSW Government introduced legislation to ensure all homes have at least one working smoke alarm per floor. As smoke alarms can be affected by dust, insects, humidity and age, they need to be replaced at least every 10 years. Importantly, technology has also evolved and improved over this time. Fire and Rescue NSW & True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire is encouraging NSW residents to ReAlarm their homes by replacing old, outdated smoke alarms a with new interconnected alarms in every bedroom, living space (including hallways and stairways) and even the garage in their home.

How do i check the expiry date of a Smoke Alarm?

To assist in identifying the age of smoke alarms, the AS3786 standard requires an expiry date to be printed on the underside of the smoke alarm. 

Where should smoke alarms be positioned?

There are minimum requirements needed to meet the Building Legislation Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Act 2005; however, Fire and Rescue NSW & True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire recommends a higher level of protection with the installation of interconnected alarms in every bedroom, living space (including hallways and stairways) and even the garage in your home. Under the Act, different types of premises require smoke alarms to be installed in various locations. For residential dwellings, a smoke alarm must be installed on each level of the home. The alarm should be installed between the kitchen and sleeping areas, close enough to be heard from the bedrooms. A common mistake is that smoke alarms are installed too close to the kitchen or bathroom. Fire and Rescue NSW & True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire recommends installing interconnected alarms in every bedroom, living space (including hallways and stairways) and even the garage.

How often do I need to Replace a Smoke Alarm?

Each smoke alarm unit should be replaced at least once every 10 years.

How do I install a Smoke Alarm?

Hard-wired smoke alarms must be installed by a licensed electrician from True Local Electricians. Always install smoke alarms in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. If it is difficult for you to fit one yourself, contact your local Fire and Rescue NSW & True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire station for advice. We provide smoke alarm services to all areas across all the Sutherland Shire including Alfords Point, Bangor, Barden Ridge, Bonnet Bay, Burraneer, Caringbah South, Caringbah, Como, Cronulla, Dolans Bay, Engadine, Grays Point, Green Hills Beach, Gymea, Gymea Bay, Illawong, Jannali, Kangaroo Point, Kareela, Kirrawee, Kurnell, Lilli Pilli, Loftus, Menai, Miranda, Oyster Bay, Port Hacking, Sutherland, Sylvania, Taren Point, Wooloware, Woranora, Woranora Heights, Yowie Bay.