If you read my previous post, you will know that the legislation for smoke alarms has changed. As of January 1, 2017, any new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings are required by law to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms installed in all bedrooms, in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling and on every floor of a home.
If you’re not currently building or renovating, then you don’t have to worry about some of these rules. But if you’re a landlord, you have until1 January 2022 to comply, and you don’t want to leave it to the last minute when prices soar due to demand, and there may be a lapse in adequate safety services.
To landlords and those renovating or building their home; those who are required by law to upgrade smoke alarms; you’re probably wondering how much it’s going to cost you, continue reading to find out.
Interconnected Photoelectric Smoke Alarms
Before I get into the costs, let’s take a look at what an interconnected photoelectric smoke alarm is anyway.
The change in legislation for smoke alarms is an effort to improve safety by the Australian Government. The fact is, interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms save lives. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services explain how they work in the following video.
Simply put, interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are all linked together. When one alarm senses smoke, all alarms go off. This alerts everyone in your home of a potential fire and provides extra time to escape.
Now that you know why interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms make a big difference let’s look at the costs. Here, you have to factor in two elements; the cost of the alarms, and the cost to have the alarms installed.
Smoke Alarm Costs
Interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are not at all expensive. Hardware stores currently have various options mainly aimed at the home handyman market for under $70. 240 Volt mains connected smoke alarms are the first choice for proper smoke alarm selection.
Electricians, such as Knight Power Electrical get trade rates which can then be passed onto customers. Contact me today for a free quote.
The thing to look for when buying smoke alarms on the Gold Coast is to ensure they are a) of the interconnected photoelectric type and b) are mains powered and comply with current standards.
Smoke Alarm Installation Costs
Smoke alarm installation costs depend on the number of alarms you need to install to be compliant with the legislation and the layout of your home.
You may find some electricians advertise a price. Unless it is a fixed-price, it should only be considered as an indication. No two homes are the same, and some present much more complicated installation conditions than others.
To get an idea of smoke alarm installation costs, simply give me a call. I will ask you a few questions about your home and be able to provide you with a quote.
Are you compliant with the new smoke alarm legislation that came into effect for January 1, 2017? Are you renovating or building a home? Are you a landlord? If you answered yes to these last two questions, then you need to upgrade your smoke alarms to be of the interconnected photoelectric type. Since every house differs in one way or another, the smoke alarm position needs to be planned in detail before installation. A licenced electrician best does this. Fire dangers have to be taken seriously to ensure your family’s safety.
Interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are very affordable and can be purchased from less than $70 each.
To find out about installation costs, simply give me a call on 0424 195 705; I’ll happily provide you with an estimate based on your home and requirements.