SMOKE ALARMS AS 3786
Smoke alarms are a safety feature required by Australian regulations to be installed in a building where residents sleep.
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Smoke alarms are early warning devices that are designed to detect smoke and emit a loud and distinctive sound to alert all occupants of potential danger. There are 2 types of smoke detection formats. The first being photoelectric and the second being lonization. Photoelectric type alarms are the preferred type of detector. They’re NOT to be confused with ‘smoke detectors’ and serve a different purpose.
All smoke alarms installed must comply with AS3786 legislation and will have the Australian Standards Logo to confirm this.
When installing smoke alarms, an emergency backup battery must be readily available to ensure the alarm functions during any power failure. Depending on the type or model of the alarm, backup 9-volt batteries will require replacing every year. This replacement process is recommended to be conducted at the start of Autumn (April) each year on the lead up period to Winter. Some smoke alarm models or types have a 10 year sealed lithium battery that cannot be changed as it is built into the device. Your smoke alarm installation provider will be able to provide insight into this and take appropriate actions to service and maintain your smoke alarm.
Failure to comply with smoke alarm regulation can result in penalties of up to $550 from local & state government. These penalties can be enforced if smoke alarms are not operational, removed or interfered with.
When They’re Needed
Smoke alarms are required by law to be installed on each level that people reside on. This includes owner-occupied, rental properties, relocatable homes, apartments, units or any other residential building where people sleep. These laws are listed under Clause 146A of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 and Division 7A of Part 9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.
Smoke alarms are a ‘hardwired’ unit which means installation must be carried out by an accredited licensed electrician and have the competent fire safety practitioner’s (CFSP) certification.
When should a smoke alarm be replaced
Smoke Alarms should be replaced every 10 years as they have passed the manufacturers used by date which will be indicated on the device with the replace by date on the underside of the smoke alarm. There are many different brands, types and styles of smoke alarms so if you are uncertain of the age of the device each manufacturer will have the relevant specifications sheets & materials safety data sheets information on their website.
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Why Choose All Aussie Fire
All Aussie Fire has been operating for over 10 years and have developed the experience and expertise to be credited for smoke alarm installation, repairs and maintenance. All Aussie Fire are able to conduct certified works as they are licensed electricians and have competent fire safety practitioner’s (CFSP) accreditation.