NEW LAW - SMOKE DETECTORS MUST BE INSTALLED IN YOUR HOUSE (BUILDING
The new nationwide regulations state that if you are building or
renovating a home, smoke detectors must be installed.
Battery ones are permissible so long as they have a "hush feature"
which many of them don't. A recent letter to the editor pointed out
the silly-ness of allowing battery ones, who enforces the level of
charge in the battery? That is, you could have them with no
batteries in, who would know??
The smoke detectors can be installed in bedrooms or within three
meters of each bedroom, and must also be installed in exit routes
that may become blocked by fire and prevent escape. This would be
stairways and passages. They must also be produce 60db of noise to
the bedroom if installed outside the bedroom and the bedroom door is
Until recently I had six 9 volt battery smoke detectors in my house.
I recently replaced them with six hard wired smoke detectors. People
thought I was mad putting in six, but my family is important to me.
A fire could start in any room, not just the kitchen! It is a case
of priority. Also, the internal sirens will sound which is way
higher than the beeping/squawking of a $9.95 detector.
Another reason I changed mine is that the other ones would chirp at
2.00 am to say they are going flat, not 2.00 pm, but 2.00 am! Also,
if you go on holiday, how do you know the batteries are o.k. when
you return? Checking them at daylight savings time as recommend is
not really good enough.
It is now comforting to know that I will never need to change the
batteries in them, and it is also good to know that they are fully
supervised. If anything goes wrong with them the alarm keypad will
indicate the problem. Further, the problem will be communicated to
the monitoring firm who monitoring your alarm if you elected this
option with your alarm.
Irrespective of this new regulation, irrespective of whether or not
you are renovating or building, get good quality smoke detectors in.
The "cheapy" fire detectors at $9.95 are just that. Cheap.
Please contact me if you have any queries in relation to this matter
and if you would like a no obligation quote to get your house