To better protect homes and families in Australia, the AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules and State Building Codes have a number of stringent electrical standards in place. By Law, every house and rental property in Australia is required to have a residual current device (Safety Switch) and a 240V smoke alarm installed by a qualified electrician. To enforce this, Australia implements stringent laws and standards to ensure that every home should have a 240V smoke alarm and a Safety Switch installed.
“Many older homes have only battery-powered smoke alarms – if indeed they have any. In order to ensure you are able to get out of the home during a fire, you need to make sure your smoke alarm will work when you need it to. A smoke alarm connected to the mains electricity supply, with a battery back up, is the best way to ensure you can get out during a fire.“
source: Master Electicians CEO Malcolm Richards www.masterelectricians.com.au 2012
Queensland Government & QLD Fire and Rescue Service recommend the installation of Photoelectric Smoke Alarms.
Photoelectric smoke alarms are connected to the mains electricity supply, with a battery back up. They are the best way to ensure you can get out during a fire.
For more information and links to information sheets, see QLD Fire and Rescue Services
QLD Fire and Rescue Service strongly recommends, when purchasing smoke alarms, people check that the smoke alarm they are buying complies with Australian Standards.
For further information go to CSIRO’s Activfire website which provides consumers and fire safety advisers with details of smoke alarms that have been verified as conforming with requirements of Australian Standard AS 3786-1993 http://www.activfire.gov.au/smokeAlarms.asp