As of 2023, the new Australian Standard for smoke alarms, AS3786, will be implemented across the country. This new standard has been introduced to ensure that Australian homes are equipped with the latest technology and guidelines for fire safety. Here at Glasshouse Home Safety, we are committed to providing the highest quality smoke alarm installation services, and we’re excited to explain the changes that have been introduced in the new standard.
Interconnected Smoke Alarms
One of the significant changes in the new standard is the requirement for interconnected smoke alarms. This means that all smoke alarms in a home must be connected so that if one alarm goes off, all the other alarms in the network will sound as well. This interconnected system is designed to ensure that everyone in the home is alerted to the danger of fire.
Placement of Smoke Alarms
The new standard also provides updated guidelines for the placement of smoke alarms. In addition to requiring smoke alarms in all bedrooms and hallways, the new standard recommends the installation of smoke alarms in all living areas, such as the lounge, family room, and kitchen. This will ensure that smoke from cooking or other sources is detected quickly, and occupants can evacuate the home safely.
The new standard also introduces the use of heat alarms, which detect rapid increases in temperature rather than smoke. Heat alarms are recommended for use in areas such as kitchens and garages, where smoke alarms may be prone to false alarms. At Glasshouse Home Safety, we can help you determine the best type of alarm to install in each area of your home.
The new standard outlines the maintenance requirements for smoke alarms, including monthly testing and annual battery replacement. It is also recommended that smoke alarms be replaced every ten years. At Glasshouse Home Safety we can help you keep your smoke alarms in excellent working order and ensure that your home is always protected. We are committed to providing the highest quality smoke alarm installation services that comply with the new standard. If you need help with smoke alarm installation or maintenance, please contact us today for a free consultation.