WHAT BRAND OF SMOKE ALARM TO CHOOSE FOR YOUR TOWNSVILLE HOME

Choosing the right smoke alarm for your home involves considering several factors to ensure safety and effectiveness. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you:

  1. Type of Smoke Alarm:
    • be photoelectric. 
    • comply with the Standard. (The body of the alarm must be marked with AS3786-2014.)
  2. Power Source:
    • be hardwired (e.g. 240v) to the mains power supply with a secondary power source (i.e. non removable 10 year battery) or;
    • be powered by 10 year non-removable batteries type photoelectric smoke alarm.
  3. Features to Consider:
    • Interconnectivity: Allows alarms throughout the house to communicate, so if one detects smoke, all alarms sound.
    • Battery Status Indicator: Provides a warning when batteries are low.
    • Hush Button/Remote: Allows you to silence false alarms quickly.
    • Smart Connectivity: Some alarms can send alerts to your phone, especially useful if you’re away from home.
  4. Certifications and Standards:
    • Smoke alarms must:
    • be photoelectric. 
    • comply with the Standard. (The body of the alarm must be marked with AS3786-2014.)
    • be hardwired (e.g. 240v) to the mains power supply with a secondary power source (i.e. non removable 10 year battery) or;
    • be powered by 10 year non-removable batteries type photoelectric smoke alarm.
    • be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.
    • must not contain an ionisation sensor.
    • Avoid buying smoke alarms with this symbol, they are not photoelectric. 
  5. Consider Your Home’s Layout:
    • Smoke alarms must be installed:
    • on each storey
    • in each bedroom
    • in hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
      – if there is no hallway, between the bedroom and other parts of the storey; and
      – if there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.
  6. Budget:
    • Prices can vary based on features, brand. and where they’re made.
  7. Brand Reputation:
    • Choose a reputable brand known for reliability and quality. Check customer reviews and ratings for insights into performance and durability.
  8. Maintenance Requirements:
    • Understand what maintenance is required (e.g., testing monthly, replacing batteries annually). Choose alarms that fit your maintenance routine.
  9. Warranty:
    • Check the warranty offered by the manufacturer. A longer warranty period can indicate confidence in the product’s durability.

By considering these factors, you can select smoke alarms that provide reliable protection tailored to your home and family’s needs.