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If your smoke alarm goes off when it shouldn’t it’s like the little boy that cried wolf!!!

Frequent false alarming can turn a smoke alarm from a potentially life saving device to into something that is an annoyance. If there is an emergency when you don’t want to be second guessing the alarm?

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Here are 7 benefits of installing smoke alarms in your home:

  • 1. It’s the Law, Comply and your 100% covered for insurance.

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  • 2. Smoke alarms alert and wake occupants to smoke in their home, giving them valuable time to get out during a fire.
    Almost half of all home fire deaths occur between 12am-8am when most people are sleeping. During a fire, poisonous smoke and fumes will fill your house long before heat and flames spread, putting you into a deeper sleep.

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  • 3. Smoke alarms can save your life!!!
    Almost half of all home fire deaths occur between 12am-8am when most people are sleeping. During a fire, poisonous smoke and fumes will fill your house long before heat and flames spread, putting you into a deeper sleep.

  • 4. Mains Powered (240 Volt) Smoke Alarms
    or hard-wired smokie’s) are connected to a home’s electrical system and has battery back-up power supply. 2 power sources, most reliable, with back-up 9V battery that last for years

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  • 5. Smoke alarm certificate for your insurance company
    ACE will provide you with the necessary certificate to supply your insurance company to show them you’re complying with the relevant legislations.

    • Photoelectric smoke alarms.
      NSW fire service highly recommended using Photoelectric smoke alarms over ionisation alarms. This is because they give better smoke detection qualities. They give the earliest warning of smouldering fires, the most common domestic fire. Therefore, will alert the occupants in time to escape safely. These alarms must be installed if your alarm location is near the kitchen and bathroom. They are more expensive than ionisation alarms as they are better quality. They can tell the difference between different types of smoke and this makes then false alarm less in those high risk areas like the kitchen, bathroom and garage.
    • Ionisation smoke alarms.
      Most common and are installed outside bedrooms in 90% of homes in Sydney as they are the most cost-effective. But if installed near the kitchen they are prone to false alarms due to cooking.
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Different types of alarms:

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Ionisation smoke alarms.

Most common, installed outside bedrooms in 90% of homes in Sydney as they are the most cost-effective.

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Heat alarms

Which go into the ceiling void to detect a rise in temperature.

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Photoelectric smoke alarms

Usually installed in kitchens and bathrooms and more expensive than ionisation alarms but they can tell the difference between different types of smoke. This makes them false alarm less in those high risk areas like your kitchen, bathroom and garage.

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Co2 alarms Carbon monoxide alarms

May be used in addition to smoke alarms for increased warning.You can’t see it, taste it, or smell it, but low levels of CO2 can make you sick and high levels can kill. Appliances, such as heaters, ovens, and cook tops which burn gas, oil or wood emit carbon monoxide.

As the cooler months are approaching and we pull out those electric blankets and heaters to keep warm, We at ACE want to remind you of the importance of having the correct and a working smoke alarm to ensure you ready in the unfortunate event of a fire.


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Why do I need a smoke alarm?

Smoke alarms save lives, they detect smoke well before any sleeping occupant would and provide critical seconds to implement actions to save life and property. Smoke alarms are designed to detect smoke and emit a loud and distinctive sound to wake you from your sleep and alert you if there is a fire. It is more in Australia to have a working smoke alarms.

Battery V’s Hard-wired Alarms

Hard-wired smoke alarm:
A hard-wired smoke alarm consists of a 240-volt smoke alarm connected to a home’s electrical system with a battery back-up power supply, and they last 10 years.

Battery operated smoke alarm:
Most smoke alarms come with a battery but not all batteries are the same, some of these cheaper battery operated alarms are only good for one year.

  • 10 year lithium batteries:
    These batteries alarms are the only battery alarm recommended by electricians. The battery lasts as long as the smoke alarm.
  • Lead or alkaline batteries:
    Whole alarm may need to be replaced yearly.