Thursday, March 31st, 2011
April 1st every year is National Smoke Alarm day, and the entire community is encouraged to check they have hard-wired smoke alarms fitted, that alarms are in full working order and new batteries are fitted.

Smoke alarms are designed to detect fire smoke, and they emit a loud and distinctive sound to alert you to potential fire danger. Smoke alarms can provide you with precious time to evacuate from a burning house. Smoke alarms save more lives than all the fire trucks throughout Australia.

Smoke presents a dangerous problem to those trapped in house fires. The chemicals contained in smoke can cause coughing, head-ache, shortness of breath, carbon monoxide poisoning and in the worst instances death. Smoke inhalation is the primary cause of death in victims of indoor fires. The smoke kills by a combination of thermal damage, poisoning and pulmonary irritation caused by carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide and other combustion products (Source: 29 March 2011)

Since October 1st 2009, it has been compulsory in Western Australia for mains-powered smoke alarms to be fitted in all existing residential buildings prior to sale, and also when a new tenancy agreement is signed for rental properties. The laws also state that alarms must remain in full working order at all times. These laws however do not currently cover caravans and motor homes, or even certain size hotels and backpacker establishments! Different States and Territories have very different codes and legislation relating to smoke alarms. However, state and territory legislation and building codes regarding smoke alarms are probably the main influences on the high proportion of homes with smoke alarms according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (source:[email protected]/mf/4818.0.55.001)

“The Smoke Alarm Company in W.A. are advocates of making legislation for smoke alarms similar in all states. It is well documented that smoke alarms do save lives, and we should all be aware of this, especially on National Smoke Alarm Day. We encourage that all types of dwellings where a smoke alarm can be fitted appropriately, have them fitted by a licensed electrician”, said Mick Gibson, Director of the Smoke Alarm Company.

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National Smoke Alarm Day, April 1st 2011

The Smoke Alarm Company was established in 2009 to meet the needs of recent legislation in Western Australia, and installs and maintains smoke alarms, and RCD’s. It is Western Australian owned and operated, and the oldest smoke alarm maintenance company.
Claire Cheshire
P: 0405 696 748


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