What type of smoke alarm should I buy?
Below is a brief summary of items to consider when choosing a smoke alarm. For more information, you can read the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) position on smoke alarms here . This position has been adopted and is recommended by all Fire Services around Australia.
Recent studies indicate that photo electric smoke alarms are more effective at detecting a wide range of fires than ionisation smoke alarms. In particular, photo electric smoke alarms are much more effective at detecting slow burning and smouldering fires. With the added benefit of being less sensitive to cooking type smoke meaning less false alarms, photo electric smoke alarms really are the technology of choice. For these reasons, TasFire Equipment only sells and recommends photo electric smoke alarms.
There is generally two ways to power residential type smoke alarms. One is with an internal DC battery (usually 9 volt) and the other is by 240 volt AC (mains power). 240 volt smoke alarms are recommended to be fitted where practical and are required to be wired in by a licensed electrical contractor. Where this is not possible, 9 volt smoke alarms can be fitted. 9 volt alarms either have a removable battery that needs replacing each year or have a 10 year lithium battery that can’t be replaced. We keep all of these types of alarms in stock.
Interconnecting smoke alarms means that if one smoke alarm goes into alarm, all smoke alarms connected to it will sound. The best option is to have all smoke alarms interconnected so that occupants in different areas of a house are alerted to a fire and can safely escape. Interconnecting generally requires the alarms to be connected physically by wiring. Where this is not possible or practical, wireless interconnected alarms can be used. These are a relatively new product on the market and TasFire Equipment now keeps these alarms in stock.
It is recommended that a smoke alarm be installed in every sleeping area in your house, and in the path to exits. With electronic devices such as TV’s and computers, electric blankets and heaters now widely used in bedrooms, it is important that smoke alarms are installed to alert a sleeping occupant to smoke or a fire so that they can escape safely. This is particularly important where occupants sleep with the bedroom door closed as an alarm located in the hallway or passage may not detect the smoke until it is too late.
9v Photo-electric smoke alarm with 10 year battery
Product Code: 32101060
This smoke alarm is fitted with a non-removable lithium battery which lasts for ten years. It is useful for installations where 240v power is not available or for areas that are hard to access (high ceilings or above stairwells etc). It is particularly well suited for rental properties or for the elderly or disabled as once installed, it doesn’t need the battery changed each year.
9v Photo-electric smoke alarm with 10 year battery and wireless interconnectivity
Product Code: 32101065
This smoke alarm is fitted with a non-removable lithium battery which lasts for ten years and can be interconnected wirelessly with up to 11 other alarms of the same type. It is useful for installations where 240v power is not available or for areas that are hard to access (high ceilings or above stairwells etc) where interconnection is desired.
This smoke alarm is at the top end of our smoke alarm range and offers maximum protection and flexibility.
240v Photo-electric smoke alarm with 10 year lithium back-up battery
Product Code: 32101070
This smoke alarm is the premium 240v alarm which has a non-removable lithium back-up battery which lasts for 10 years. This alarm is capable of being interconnected with other alarms.
The advantage of this alarm is that that the back-up battery doesn’t require replacing each year.