Monday, 14 May 2012

Important Update on Smoke Alarms

The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Position on Smoke Alarms in residential accommodation is that all residential accommodation be fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms.

There are two types of smoke alarms; photo-electric and ionising. Fire and Rescue NSW states:

Photoelectric alarms appear to provide a faster warning than ionisation alarms in most circumstances, and there is little appreciable difference in performance during flaming fires.
To maximise the opportunity for early warning in all fire scenarios, Fire & Rescue NSW recommends the installation of photoelectric alarms, hard wired and interconnected, in all residential accommodation. If only installing one alarm, it should be a photoelectric alarm.

Further information can be found at