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November 18, 2020 3 min read

All You Need To Know

You have less than three minutes to escape a fire in your premises! 

This blog covers off older smoke alarm technology and why it's important to put your and your family first by upgrading to the latest in Fire Alarm safety, for piece of mind.

Fire's are devastating, once a fire catches light in on your premises, you have less than three minutes to escape. If a fire in your house happens in the middle of the night you will wake disorientated and the clock is ticking. 

If you're hard or hearing or deaf then you must have the right solution which incorporates sound, vibration and flashing light.

Act now and you could save a life.

Why Are Ionisation Smoke Alarms Not Effective?

Ionisation smoke alarms are old technology based on their ability to detect fire. The ionisation smoke alarms work though a small amount of radioactive material that exists between two electrically charged plates

Unfortunately, by the time your ionisation smoke alarm goes off, fire could have already spread extremely fast throughout your house and it may be too late for you and your family. 

Check your smoke alarms now, chances are these are the type of smoke alarms you have in your property today.

How Do I Know If My Smoke Alarms Are Ionisation?

There are three ways you can tell if you have an Ionisation Smoke Alarm. Those are:

1. A Radioactive sticker on the back of your smoke alarm

2. If your smoke alarm is susceptible to going off due to burnt toast

3.  If your smoke alarm is susceptible to going off due to cooking fumes

Ionisation smoke alarms are required to have a radioactive symbol on the back due to its materials. If your smoke alarm has this symbol, you should replace them now with Photoelectric Smoke Alarms.

What Are Photoelectric Smoke Alarms?

Photoelectric smoke alarms 'see' smoke by detecting visible particles of combustion. The alarm is triggered when smoke particles enter a sensing chamber are reflected on to a sensor.

Because of this, Photoelectric smoke alarms are much more effective as they have the ability to detect smouldering fires and smoke and therefore can alert you earlier. 

The most common type of in-home fires start as smouldering, which are slow burning and produce a lot of smoke. Having a Photoelectric smoke alarm will detect the early signs of a fire alerting you faster. 

What Are Interconnected Smoke Alarms?

Interconnected smoke alarm technology is reasonably new and allow for the same branded smoke alarms to link and talk to one another using frequencies. 

As an example, if you purchase 4 Interconnected Photoelecric smoke alarms from us, once installed you would link those smoke alarms together. This would provide a mesh network of smoke alarms within range from each other. That way no matter which smoke alarm in your home goes off, your flashing lights and bed shaker would activate, along with the loud noises of the smoke alarm.

Hear for Less only sell Interconnected Photoelectric smoke alarms. We have two market leading brands in our suite. 

What If I Already Have Brooks Smoke Alarms?

Contact us directly, we can quickly let you know if your Brooks smoke alarms are interconnected. 

What If I Already Have Bellman Smoke Alarms?

Only the Bellman BE1289 model of Photoelectric smoke alarms are interconnected, so if one smoke detector is activated, they will all sound, as long as the other Photoelectric smoke alarms are the Bellman BE1289 model.

The BE1289 was launched on 26th May 2020, so any Bellman smoke alarm purchases before that date will not be interconnected

Previous models (BE1287, 1285, 1282 and 1280) will not interconnect, so only the smoke alarm that detected the smoke will activate.

A combination of BE1287 and BE1289 for example would not be interconnected.

Please remember that Bellman doesn't currently offer hardwired smoke alarms, so please check the legislation for your state if you must have at least one photoelectric hardwired smoke alarm in your premises. 

What Are The Next Steps?

Regardless of your current situation, we can provide you with the most up-to-date information geared towards your States legislation so that you can feel confident you're getting the correct solution available today.

Smoke Alarm Legislation By Each State of Australia.

states of australia

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.