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Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

Maintenance for your smoke alarm

Installing your smoke alarms

Smoke Alarms

Most fires occur at night when you are asleep, unfortunately, this results in many injuries and deaths every year. It is important to know that smouldering smoke is the silent deadly killer. If not woken in time when the smoke starts to smoulder... the toxic gases can quickly numb your senses and put you into an even deeper sleep.

clean your alarm monthly to keep it dust free

Options for power supply to smoke alarms

The new legislation states that you must have a Photoelectric Smoke Alarm positioned in the hallways at the exits of the bedrooms, in each bedroom and one on each level of the home. (Phase in periods apply) Logan House Fire Support Network also recommends installing a Photoelectric Smoke Alarm in the living area. We do not recommend having a Smoke Alarm in your kitchen, as you should be awake when your cooking, but if you do have gas, a CO2 Alarm just outside the kitchen is recommended. 


Interconnecting smoke alarms has now been legislated, so when one goes off the others go off. Sometimes when you have a two storey house for example, you may not hear a smoke alarm go off as it is in a different location in your house.  When you are due to update your Smoke Alarms, you will be required to interconnect the Smoke Alarms.


Places to avoid installing a smoke alarm are near air conditioners, ceiling fans or heating units.

  • ​Hard-wired 240 volt power supply with 9v battery backup.
  • Long-Iife lithium battery. Lasts for 10 years.

Change the battery every

12 months

Why should I have a smoke alarm?

Photoelectric smoke alarms will give you an earlier warning unlike ionisation smoke alarms. There are two stages to a fire, a smouldering stage and then the flame. A photoelectric alarm will see the smoke and could alert you up to 30 minutes before-hand. Where-as an ionisation alarm will only give you up to 2 minutes warning, by then it may be too late.


Photoelectric smoke alarms are less likely to false alarm and therefore are less likely to be disabled. An ionisation alarm is a heat and flame detector and will go off when you are cooking. This is a false alarm, it will not alert you in a smouldering fire.


To check out what type of smoke alarm you have, open your smoke alarm. If your smoke alarm has a radiation symbol               on it, it should be replaced as it is an ionisation smoke alarm. Another way to know whether or not you have an ionisation alarm is whether or not it goes off when you're cooking. This is false alarming and it will not detect a smouldering fire, giving you minimal time to escape and save your house and more importantly, your life.



See Brookes for more information


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Options for wireless interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms

Smoke alarms should be tested and cleaned regularly.


  • Test smoke alarms  once a month using the test button
  • Clean the grill of your smoke alarm once a month using a vacuum cleaner or soft brush.
  • Replace alkaline type 9-volt batteries every year - use an anniversary date to remember (QLD 1st of April, each year).
  • Write the year the smoke alarm was made in permanent ink on the base of the alarm or inside the unit.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years from date of manufacturing.