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Smoke Detectors

Smoke alarms are essential in all homes for the safety of the occupier and other family members.

We provide installation and year testing packages for your peace of mind.


Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are essentials for all homes as a minimum requirement to protect you, your family and your property from fire. It is essential that smoke detectors are installed into all new and existing homes to comply with Australian laws. In 1997 Victorian Laws changed to state that the installation of smoke alarms is essential for all homes. As a homeowner it is your legal responsibility that smoke alarms are installed, maintained and working in any home you own, including investment properties.

Smoke Alarm Installation

It is required in the state of Victoria that all homes, units, townhouses and flats built after 1997 must have 240-volt mains-powered smoke alarm systems with a battery backup. Homes built prior to 1997 are required to have a 9-volt battery powered smoke alarm as a minimum requirement.

240V smoke alarms are sometimes known as hardwired or mains powered smoke alarms. These smoke alarms are powered by the home’s main power supply and have a battery for backup when this power is limited or unavailable due to a power outage.

It’s important to note that a power outage is very commonly found with house fires, therefore making the battery backup critically important.

A preferred style of smoke alarm and one that is recommended by the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade is the Photoelectric smoke alarm. This type of smoke alarm is much faster to respond than traditional styles and is less prone to causing false alarms and is very effective at alarming to smouldering fires giving you and your family the earliest possible warning system.

Millerwatts recommend the use of either 240V smoke alarms or Photoelectric smoke alarms depending on your home and layout. Our team can help you select a smoke alarm that meets the needs of your home and family.

Smoke Alarm Testing

There are over 20,000 house fires in Australia every year, that is 20,000 family homes burnt to the ground and 20,000 families lives at risk. Your smoke alarms are required to be maintained and serviced annually to ensure your home and family are not part of the statistics. The team are Millerwatts electrical are passionate about keeping our South Yarra families and residents safe from house fires.
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