The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-10-26T23:48:08Z Growing calls for change in smoke alarm legislation 2015-10-26T23:48:08Z growing-calls-for-change-in-smoke-alarm-legislation Years later, the State Government is yet to decide on the issue. The time for change is now. With the recent influx of fatal house fires Australians are calling for a change in smoke alarm legislation.  There are two types of smoke alarms - Photoelectric and Ionisation. Both meet the Australian Standard AS3786: 2015, both can be legally purchased and used in Australia yet each work very differently from one another. Photoelectric (Optical) Smoke Alarms This smoke alarm detects visible particles and is particularly responsive to smoke and soldering fires. Essentially, they 'see' the fire before it has fully inflamed into a full-blown inferno. They can also be safely disposed of since they do not contain any radioactive material. Ionisation Smoke Alarm These types of smoke alarms detect invisible particles of combustion and activate more quickly for fast flaming fires rather than smoke. They are more prone to false alarms (such as burnt toast) and as a result statistics show that 25% of these alarms are often disconnected within the first two years. They also contain a small amount of radioactive materials making it difficult to dispose of safely. In the event of a fire, it is critical that homeowners are alerted by a sounding alarm at the first instance of smoke rather than being alerted once naked flames are visible. Smoke Alarm Solutions have conducted more than 1.5 million smoke alarm inspections and have first hand experience on the effectiveness of Ionisation smoke alarms. "We service smoke alarms in more than 220,000 properties annually, and we attend more than 100 properties every day where the occupant has reported a beeping, faulty or false alarming smoke alarm. In 87% of these fault reports, the alarms are ionisation smoke alarms" said Adam Graham, National Field Operations Manager of Smoke Alarm Solutions. It is for this reason that Smoke Alarm Solutions has long ago implemented the policy to only use photoelectric alarms. If we visit a property and the existing smoke alarm that needs replacement is an ionisation alarm, we will replace the alarm with a photoelectric alarm. To have your rent roll or property assessed to ensure that you are adequately protected, contact Smoke Alarm Solutions at 1300 852 301. About Smoke Alarm Solutions is Australia's leading smoke alarm maintenance and compliance company. We provide comprehensive yet cost-effective solutions to ensure home owners meet their legislative obligations and are fully protected with well maintained smoke alarms Operating since 2007, we currently service in excess of 260,000 Australian homes. We have the largest field service capability in our industry - servicing three properties every minute throughout the week. Our large workforce also means we can respond swiftly to any faulty smoke alarms.    Three generations forced to flee as their house catches fire 2015-10-12T23:41:15Z three-generations-forced-to-flee-as-their-house-catches-fire The fire started in the garage and backyard where no smoke alarms can be installed. If not for the family being awake to hear the gas cylinders exploding, the fire would have consumed their house in minutes, leaving little to no time for them to escape unharmed. With droughts and bushfires expected over the next few months, having a home safety evacuation plan in the event of a house fire or bushfire, is a necessity that should not be ignored. Why an evacuation plan is necessary - Smoke can be disorientating - The sound of the smoke alarm can create a surge of adrenaline, which may cause panic - You are more likely to panic trying to get out if you haven't thought about the possibility beforehand - Worrying about everyone else will delay your own escape - The speed of the fire and toxicity of the smoke means that you do not have the time to try and think and remember your way around the house.      You need to be able to act Putting an evacuation plan together - Walk through your house and inspect all possible exits and escape routes - Draw a floor plan and make sure that is also marks where the smoke alarms are located. You can download an escape planning grid from your  relevant government website - Choose an outside meeting place that is located a safe distance from the house - Make sure your street number is clearly marked and visible from the street for emergency services - Ensure that all occupants have memorised the emergency number for the fire brigades as well as the home address - If there are any infants or people with a disability assign them a buddy who will be able to look after them and help them escape - If the windows or doors have security bars make sure that the bars have an emergency release so they can be opened immediately from the inside - Once you are out of the house- stay out! Make sure to practice your home fire escape plan twice a year. Photoelectric Smoke Alarms vs. Ionisation Smoke Alarms: The Deadly Difference 2015-09-23T23:44:54Z photoelectric-smoke-alarms-vs-ionisation-smoke-alarms-the-deadly-difference Despite meeting the Australian Standard, it is proven that Ionisation Smoke Alarms do not provide adequate protection due to the way in which they detect and alert in the event of a fire. The Deadly Differences Photoelectric Smoke Alarms - Detects visible particles of combustion and are responsive to both smoke and smouldering fires. - They 'see' the fire before it has fully inflamed into a full-blown inferno. - They can be safely disposed of as they do not contain radioactive material. Ionisation Smoke Alarms - Detects invisible particles of combustion and activate more quickly for fast flaming fires rather than smoke. - More prone to false alarms. - Contain radioactive materials making it difficult to dispose of. "I am relieved to see that homeowners around Australia are beginning to sit up and take notice of the necessity of smoke alarms and the benefits they provide. It is now the responsibility of the Government and Businesses such as Smoke Alarm Solutions to help inform the Australian public on the most effective smoke alarm: the photoelectric alarm". states CEO of Smoke Alarm Solutions, Cameron Davis. Smoke Alarm Solutions have conducted more than 1.5 million smoke alarm inspections and have first hand experience on the effectiveness of Ionisation smoke alarms. "We attend more than 100 properties every day where the occupant has reported a beeping, faulty or false alarming smoke alarm. In 87% of these fault reports, the alarms are ionisation smoke alarms" continues Mr. Davis, "not only do they have a high fault rate but they do not alert the occupants until the fire has reached the critical stages". Smoke Alarm Solutions has long ago stopped installing ionisation alarms and it is time the Australian public takes the same stance on safety. Its not worth the risk.