Smoke Detectors / Alarms

Did you know that there are around 11,000 house fires recorded in Australia every year?

56% of fatal house fires have occurred because houses don’t have a working smoke detector!!!

There are 3 types of smoke detectors, photoelectric, ionisation and a combination known as dual sensors. Photoelectric smoke detectors detect slow burning and smoldering fires. Ionisation smoke detectors are responsive to flaming fires. They can be hardwired, or battery powered. If battery powered, we recommend changing the batteries every 6 months.

Over time priorities have shifted away from ionisation alarms as they’re banned from several countries due, while they're perfectly safe to people, they contain small quantities of radioactive material (Americium 241), the storage and disposal are an issue.

A way to aim for even higher protection, Fire & Rescue NSW recommend interconnected alarms. This is where the smoke alarms are connected and communicate with each other so that if one smoke alarm activates, all the smoke alarms in the home signal an alarm, making it more likely that everyone in the property have the best chance of escaping and surviving before they overcoming by carbon monoxide.

PHW Services technicians are equipped to handle all types of smoke detectors, as they’re constantly training and involved in regular sessions to update their knowledge as well as being license and insured.