Common questions asked about smoke alarms: Get your answers from the best electricians in Perth!

Posted on July 6th, 2018

New homeowners have a lot of new tasks that they need to pay attention to which they may initially be oblivious about. These are often maintenance tasks that are required to be taken into consideration in order to keep the house safe and protected.

One appliance that is most commonly overlooked is the smoke alarm. It is an incredibly crucial element of your house that you should know about. Below are the common questions that you might have about smoke alarms and their answers:

How many types of alarms are there and which one is the best?

There are two types of smoke detecting alarms available in the market which are:
1. Ionisation
2. Photoelectric

Alarms that work with ionisation detectors contain a chamber that captures particles from the air in your home. Since fire releases ionized particles, when these enter the detecting chamber, an alarm sounds which warns you about the fire. These kinds of alarms work most effectively with fast-moving fires characterised by open flames.

The mechanism of a photoelectric alarm is different. The detector chamber in this alarm consists of a sensor with a beam of light. If this light beam reflects smoke particles in the chamber, the alarm sounds. Thus, based on the mechanisms, a Photoelectric Alarm is preferred mostly. However, experts do recommend the use of both kinds of alarms for optimised detection.

If you are still confused as to the type of alarm you should go for, you may consult an electrician who can recommend you one according to your floor plan.

How many alarms should be installed?

This question does not have a definite answer. The answer is based on the structure of your home and where a fire is most likely to be caused. For this purpose, you should consult an electrician who can recommend the best places for you to install a Smoke Alarm.

What kind of maintenance do alarms need?

Smoke alarms require simple but regular maintenance in order to work properly and effectively. Most alarms need to have their batteries replaced every 6 months, need to be cleaned of obstructions like cobwebs, monthly testing of the system’s functionality.

Perth to Rockingham Electricians WA is fully licensed and specialise in all Residential and Commercial electrical installations and maintenance. To contact us, give us a call at 0449 894 446 or drop us an email at