Fitting, Testing and Maintaining Smoke Alarms
In commercial premises, the safety of all building users is a top priority. The installation of a smoke alarm system is a simple but highly effective way to improve safety and will increase the chances of a safe evacuation in the event of a fire. A hardwired and interconnected smoke alarm system ensures that wherever in the building a fire starts, the alarm sounds throughout the premises so everyone can be alerted at the first sign of danger. Photoelectric smoke alarms are able to detect fires at an earlier stage, particularly smouldering fires. Alternatively, ionization alarms are faster at identifying ‘fast flame’ fire. Every commercial space is different and contain different fire hazards. Therefore, it is advisable to meet with a specialist electrician to discuss a system which best serves your needs. However, all hardwired commercial smoke alarms must be fitted by a fully qualified electrical and undergo routine maintenance checks to ensure building users are kept safe.
Smoke alarm laws in Queensland have recently been tightened and apply not only to commercial spaces but also residential buildings. Photoelectric alarms now must be fitted in all bedrooms in residential homes as part of an interconnected smoke alarm system. Most commercial properties have interconnected, hard-wired smoke alarms already in place but periodical upgrades to systems are recommended at least every ten years, alongside annual maintenance tests.
Due to the nature of these systems, both electrical and life-saving, it is crucial to employ experienced, qualified electrician to fit new smoke alarms. Particularly in commercial properties where the systems may be large and complex, a professional electrician will be able to ensure all areas of the building are covered and that the appropriate alarms are fitted throughout.
Testing and Maintaining
As with all other electrical equipment, it is important to complete regular checks on your smoke alarm system. Even if most commercial smoke alarms have foregone batteries and are now mains powered, routine drills allow qualified electricians to confirm that everything is working correctly. Full drills also offer your staff and other building users the opportunity to become familiar with the fire evacuation process. Research has shown that people who know what is expected of them in an emergency are less likely to sustain injuries. Maintenance services may also identify a faulty device or one which has been tampered with. This can then be replaced to ensure continued maximum safety.
Fire safety is an important responsibility for all commercial building owners and maintenance team. Smoke alarms are a simple yet effective way to improve overall building safety. To speak to a qualified electrical about the best system for your building, contact Detail Electrical Services today and arrange a complimentary site visit with one of our experts.