While the correct installation of smoke alarm systems is often best left to a qualified electrician, if you are confident that have the necessary expertise to install them yourself, there are many essential things that you must look to avoid. Correct installation and servicing are crucial to guaranteeing that your smoke alarms will not let you down in a moment of catastrophe. Statistics show that almost 60% of deaths related to house fires transpire in homes that either have no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that have fallen into a state of disrepair and become defective.
The following is a list of things that you can do to ensure that your smoke alarms are installed correctly and working as intended.
1) False Alarms
While alarm systems of all kinds serve a critical purpose - to warn us of danger, the 'false alarm', where an alarm system is triggered due to faulty component, or by mistake, due to an innocuous event that isn't dangerous at all, has been around for as long as alarm systems themselves. In the vein of the classic tale, 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf', alarm systems have developed a reputation for deceiving those in the vicinity of them. With so many instances of false alarms, many people often ignore them, without considering the possibility that the alarm could actually be for real.
One way to reduce the risk of a smoke alarm service Cairns accidentally going off is to install it away from doors or air vents. Gusts of air can set off the alarms by mistake, creating a nuisance while also establishing an element of mistrust towards your smoke detectors, which is dangerous.
2) Placing them too close to the kitchen or bathroom
While it's completely natural to want to place your smoke alarms in the kitchen and bathroom; the kitchen because it's where leading causes of house fires are located, such as the oven and hotplates, and the bathroom because it's generally a secluded room which is often insulated from the ambient noise of the rest of the house, making it a seemingly smart choice to place a smoke alarm.
Where bathrooms are concerned, electricians recommend Cairns Smoke Alarm Installation at least 3 meters (10 ft) away from the shower. Placing it any closer than this can lead to an alarm malfunction, due to the moisture given off by the shower. Similarly, when it comes to kitchens, it's recommended to install the smoke alarms at least 6 meters (20 ft) away from major kitchen appliances.
3) Failing to install them in the loft, basement or bedrooms
For homes that have lofts or basements, smoke alarms must be installed in each of these. Incredibly, research indicates that only slightly more than a third of homeowners that had basements or lofts, had actually bothered to install smoke alarms in them. Where basements are concerned, industry experts advise installing them on the ceiling at the foot of the staircase. Likewise, with lofts or attics, smoke alarms should always be installed. And finally, bedrooms must each have a smoke detector. If you're unsure where you need to place your smoke alarms, consult with your local area fire service department.
4) Failing to Install (or Upgrade to) photoelectric smoke alarms
These days, all modern smoke alarm service Cairns are photoelectric, which is a technical term that simply means that they are interconnected with each other. When one smoke alarm in the house goes off, every other alarm is triggered as well. This is a safety mechanism that ensures that everyone in the home can hear the alarm go off, regardless of where they happen to be in the home.
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