How Smoke Alarms can prevent your home from a massive fire

Home fires can be devastating and can happen quickly without warning. Often fires break out when the inhabitants are sleeping and often it’s too late to put them out, but with a properly installed smoke alarm from you electrician in Tweed Heads installed in all critical areas, you can protect yourself and family from massive fires.

Always insist on Quality Fire Alarms

Smoke alarms and detectors are an essential investment in every home, The difference in a cheap bargain priced smoke alarm and a high quality one installed by your local electrician in Tweed Heads is a very small price to pay to help guarantee your family’s safety.

Smoke alarms come with their own batteries or can be connected to your power supply and backup emergency system in case of a power failure

The Three Common Types of Smoke Alarm

The most common types of smoke detectors are:

  1. An Ionization Alarm

These are designed to detect big open flames

  1. Photoelectric Smoke Alarm

These are designed to detect smoke or a smoldering fire before the large flames start

  1. Dual Sensor Alarm

These are a combination of both an ionization alarm and a photoelectric alarm and will detect all types of fires.

It’s vital to have both types of alarms or dual sensor alarms placed in multiple and strategic sites around your home.

Installing Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms must be placed in central areas as having an alarm at one end of your home may not detect a fire or smoke until it’s too late. As smoke and heat rise rapidly they are normally placed on the ceiling or high up on walls

Don’t Have a Fire Alarm placed

  • Near a window
  • Above a stove or near a fireplace
  • On the ceiling beside a wall or on a wall beside the ceiling, place them in central positions
  • Above doorways or large windows
  • Near heating ducts or ventilation shafts

Your local electrician in Tweed Heads is experienced and qualified to install fire alarms and smoke detectors in the correct locations.

Maintaining Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms need to be tested regularly; it’s advisable to do it monthly. A good idea is to make a point of checking them every time you pay your power bill

It’s also important to keep them clean and dust free. A vacuum cleaner is ideal for ensuring that the air inside your home can flow around the device so you get an early warning of any fire to avoid a massive fire.

Although most homes now have smoke detectors or fire alarms, it has been found that over half of these devices do not work because of missing or flat batteries. Another problem is having them installed in inappropriate places.

When smoke alarms are not working, they can’t save lives so for a little price, you can have peace of mind and a safety net for your family.

If your home is not protected by having the appropriate fire/smoke alarm systems installed contact your local electrician in Tweed Heads he can expertly and quickly install a very effective system to protect your home from a massive fire if a fire starts. This is because you have time to act and put it out.

How Malfunctioning Electrical Appliances Can Affect Your Home Electricity

The age of the appliance is upon us, unfortunately, sometimes they wear out or start to show signs of disrepair. Most people consider that when this happens the problems are confined to that particular malfunctioning appliance, but this is not necessarily correct, in fact, the faulty appliance can in some instances cause power surges through your home’s electrical system affecting other circuits and other appliances. If you have a faulty appliance, unplug it and have it checked by or repaired by your local electrician on the Gold Coast or replace it before it causes any damage.

So What Can Happen

Installed in your fuse box or power board are circuit breakers for each wiring circuit that runs around your home. When an appliance malfunctions, often it will fizzle and send a burst of electricity around your electrical circuit. This will cause the circuit breaker to trip out and close the circuit. Often this is the first indication you have that an appliance is malfunctioning.

When a circuit breaker trips out it is important to discover the reason, it may be that too many appliances are operating at once on that circuit or that one of them has malfunctioned.

You should not just reset the circuit breaker and carry on as this can create further opportunities for electrical damage to your electrical system

Potential Problems

There are three main issues that can happen if you ignore the warning of a circuit breaker tripping out or have a malfunctioning appliance, physical damage, surge damage and a fire hazard.

Physical Damage

Most people use a surge protector with their computer equipment and TV or even have a complete home surge protection system installed to protect all the microprocessors now found in most appliances. But these are designed to protect from external power surges such as lightning strikes and the effects of power outages and the returning surge that can be created.

These large surges can heat up electrical components and cause them to deform or melt as well as give of a burnt smell especially delicate connections in light fittings and outlets.

Surge Damage

A faulty appliance causes an internal surge as can a refrigerator or air conditioner that normally uses extra energy while initially turning on and at the start of each cycle. These surges happen often through a household electrical system which is one reason that you have different circuits around the home. These small surges happen regularly every day, but faulty appliances can create larger damaging surges that affect your microprocessor based electronics and reduce their working life or they can cause permanent damage instantly.

If this happens, call your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast to make repairs and find the cause.

Fire Damage

In some instances when an appliance malfunctions, it can cause sparks or get so hot it causes a fire. Often this is very small, but it can quickly spread to ignite insulation or any combustible material around such as curtains, wallpaper and dry timber framing.

Your best defense against faulty appliances is replacing your old inexpensive ones regularly and having your more expensive items checked periodically by your local electrician on the Gold Coast, use working smoke detectors and have accessible fire extinguishers available.