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August 09, 2020 3 min read

Fires In The Home Are Devastating

Every state of Australia has its own smoke alarm legislation, so please read below to understand your local state requirements. This blog post covers the solutions for the hard of hearing / deaf community that meet all Australian Safety standards, installation and maintenance protocols.

Who Should Read This Blog Post?

Building managers, property managers, homeowners and building companies, It's important that you know, understand and comply with the smoke alarm legislation pertaining to the layout of the house(s) / apartment(s) in your local state of Australia. 

If you or your tenant is hard of hearing / deaf then Hear for Less has the right smoke alarm solutions for, available for purchase today. 

We offer both Bellman and Brooks range of smoke alarm solutions. All installation instructions come with each unit and must be adhered to along with your local state legislation to ensure safe protection for your home.

Remember, Only Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

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Smoke Alarms Must Be Professionally Tested Every 12 Months

By a professional, including electricians. We also recommend testing your smoke alarm at least once every month to ensure it works properly.

Hear for Less now has a full suite of smoke and carbon monoxide detecting solutions which are geared towards the Hard of Hearing / Deaf community.

Our Bellman range of products are all wireless and offer household owners the ability to acquire a number of transmitters, such as smoke alarms (with a 10-year lithium battery with no option to hardwire), doorbells, telephone signals through to receivers such as flashing lights, vibrating pads and high pitched sounds.

Our Brooks range is limited, however, offers the ability to hardwire both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms which you can allow up to 12 devices in total that can be wireless. Included in the 12 devices you can attach a bright Xenon flashing light and also bed shakers. 

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What's Important For The Hard Of Hearing / Deaf Community?

When it comes to choosing the right smoke alarm for hard of hearing people, we have to remember that they may not be able to hear the sound of the alarm. Like those who are deaf, it's important that the smoke alarm can quick alert the resident when they're home and most importantly when they are sleeping.

The use bright flashing lights throughout the house, when a smoke alarm goes off means will trigger the resident to respond quickly and get to safety as fast as possible.

However, when the resident is sleeping then the bright flashing lights will not be enough. That's why both Bellman and Brooks offer the ability to have a vibrating pad on the bed. Once the smoke alarm is activated the vibrating pad, when plugged in, will send vibrating pulses to the resident in order to wake them up.

Vibrating Pad Pro Tip:

Sometimes we move around a bit when we sleep, so we suggest the vibrating pad is placed between the underside of the pillow, between the pillow and pillowcase. That way the resident still enjoys the comfort of the pillow and the vibrating pad should not fall off the bed. 

Customers generally test what is best for them and then make their own adjustments to ensure a great night's sleep without compromising the integrity of the their vibrating pad. Some customers have created a small hole inside the flap of their pillowcase to thread the lead through. 

Smoke Alarm Legislation By Each State of Australia.

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Select your state below understand what smoke alarm set-up is required for your home.

VIC   QLD   NSW   SA   WA   NT   TAS   ACT

N.B: All hardwired solutions must be installed by a qualified electrician. 

If you have any questions about any of the Smoke Alarm or Co2 systems that we offer, then feel free to get in touch with the team here at Hear For Less. Fill out our online enquiry form now to contact us without even leaving our website. You can also quickly get in touch with us by calling us on 1800432736 or emailing us at save@hearforless.com.au for a swift and informed response.