So what are photoelectric smoke alarms? Basically, photoelectric smoke alarms 'see' the smoke by detecting visible particles of combustion. When smoke enters the test chamber, the alarm is triggered. These alarms detect smoky and smouldering fires best which is what most house fires are.
This can be contrasted with ionisation alarms that react to particles emitted in a fire setting off the alarm.
In January 2016, The Canberra Times reported that: “[a]n estimated $6 million went up in smoke in the ACT last financial year, the territory's firefighters said.” This figure is far too high, and it is important that we all take responsibility for installing the best smoke alarms available.
The ACT Emergency Services Agency website states that: “[w]e recommend that as your ionisation smoke alarm becomes faulty or nears its expiry date (usually ten years) you consider replacing it with a photoelectric smoke alarm.”
Sparks Fly Electrical can assist you to ensure you and your family are safe. We can source photoelectric smoke alarms, hard wire your smoke alarms, ensure each room has an alarm and interconnect alarms for maximum safety. We are offering a special this spring and summer to help homes become fire safe before the heat of summer hits. We will give you a 15% discount on the retail cost of your smoke alarms and a free safety check of your wiring and switchboard so you have complete piece of mind.