CHOOSING A SMOKE ALARM
Smoke alarms save lives, and are compulsory in Australian homes, so let’s look at how to select the right ones for your home. Only buy smoke alarms that meet Australian Standards, look for the AS3786 marking.
Photoelectric Smoke Alarms are effective in detecting burning, smoldering fires. As most household fires begin with a smoldering fire, it is essential to have photoelectric smoke alarms installed in your home.
Ionization Smoke Alarms are designed to detect the smoke that comes from a flaming fire. Because you can’t predict how a house fire may start, it is advised to have both photoelectric and ionization alarms installed in your home for best protection.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms will detect gas leaks and are designed to alert the homeowner when carbon monoxide levels are raised. Because Carbon Monoxide (CO) is odorless, invisible and extremely dangerous, early warning is essential.
Your local Mitre10 store has a variety of purpose made smoke alarms for bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, laundries and kitchens. Make sure your family is protected by installing the alarm that is best suited.