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Smoke alarm installation, testing, and upgrades
Smoke Alarm Installation: Smoke detectors will reduce the risk of fire in a house. Therefore, it is essential that smoke detectors are installed properly and working effectively. It is also important to have working smoke alarm batteries available in your home for quick replacement. Sharpe Group offer specialist smoke alarm installation, fire alarm systems, testing, maintenance, and hardwired, interconnected upgrades to ensure everyone in your home has the quickest warning signal of fire.
Smoke Alarms – Adelaide
Smoke Alarms – SA Legislation
New Buildings – Building approval on or after 1 January 1995
Since 1 January 1995, smoke alarms have been required in all new homes in South Australia. These alarms must be hard wired to the 240 volt mains power supply unless the dwelling is not connected to such a supply. They should also be fitted with a back-up battery to provide power in case of a mains power supply failure. In dwellings not connected to mains power, smoke alarms powered by 10 year life, non-replaceable, non-removable, permanently connected batteries may be installed.
Existing Buildings – Building approval before 1 January 1995
As a minimum requirement all homes where building approval was granted before 1 January 1995 are required to be fitted with a smoke alarm powered by a replaceable battery subject to the following change of ownership conditions. Change of ownership on or after 1 February 1998 From 1 February 1998, if there is a change of ownership of the land on which any building covered by this legislation is built, the new owner must, within 6 months of title transfer, install smoke alarms either:
- hard wired to the 240 volt household power supply (unless the dwelling is not connected to such a supply); or
- powered by 10 year life, non-replaceable, non-removable, permanently connected batteries. Home owners were required to comply with the smoke alarm legislation for existing buildings by 1 January 2000. Interconnection of alarms
- From 1 May 2014 smoke alarms have been required to be interconnected in all new class 1 dwellings, within sole-occupancy units of class 2 and 3 buildings and in class 4 parts of buildings. (Class 4 is a single dwelling in an office building, retail building, storage building, manufacturing building or public building.)
- In existing buildings (ie those approved before 1 May 2014) any extension or addition (approved from 1 May 2014) which requires more than one smoke alarm must have those alarms interconnected however there is not a requirement to interconnect to alarms in the existing building.
- Smoke alarms in subsequent extensions will be required to interconnect to any alarms in extensions approved after 1 May 2014.
How many smoke alarms and where?
The Development Regulations require that one or more smoke alarms must be installed in every dwelling in locations that will provide reasonable warning to occupants of sleeping areas so that they may safely evacuate in the event of a fire.
For your safety and the safety of everyone in your home, hardwired smoke alarms must be installed by a licenced electrician.
Why use photoelectric smoke alarms?
Photoelectric smoke alarms are best at detecting smoky and smoldering fires (often associated with visible smoke).
These contain a photo cell with an internal light source registering on this cell. When smoke enters and disturbs this set up the alarm triggers.This style of smoke alarm provides residents with the earliest warning of a fire situation.
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