HOME SAFETY SERVICES
Includes Safety Switches (RCD’s), Smoke Alarms, Fire Blankets and Fire Extinguishers
Fire safety at home has become more important than ever.
Does your smoke alarm work? Is it loud enough? Has it had a live smoke test? Are your safety switches working? Have they ever been tripped or tested?
Do you have a fire blanket and extinguisher in your kitchen?
Safety switches are now mandatory in new homes. On average I test a failed safety switch every 5 weeks. How would you know your house is electrically safe? Unlike a leaking water pipe, you can’t properly see electricity; it must be measured and tested.
Safety switches are designed to protect people against the most frequent cause of electrocution – electric current passing through the human body to earth. When an electrical fault occurs, safety switches turn the power supply off within a fraction of a second – fast enough to prevent most cases of electrocution.
Don’t leave any of this to chance. Make sure your home is protected with the appropriate safety equipment and ongoing checks.
Smoke alarms are your early warning system to a silent killer. All residential dwellings should have at least one smoke alarm installed per level of the home. There are two different types of smoke alarms:
Ionisation smoke alarm very sensitive and detect particles that cannot be seen by the human eye. They are recommended for bedrooms and hallways. They are not designed for kitchens, small units, flats or apartments due to their sensitivity.
Photoelectric smoke alarms detect visible smoke and are recommended for kitchens, small units, flats or apartments.
Every home owner should consider having a Fire blanket & Fire extinguisher, Smoke detectors installed and Safety switches tested.
Home Safety Tips...
- If your property is not fitted with safety switches, you should seriously consider having them installed by a registered electrical contractor.
- Safety switches should be tested every 6 months.
- If a safety switch trips – that is, the power supply is disconnected – then there is a fault with the last appliance used and needs to be tested.
- Test the smoke alarm weekly by pushing the test button with the end of a broom handle.
- “Change your clock, change your battery” – change the smoke alarm battery on a significant date, such as the end of daylight savings
- Clean the smoke alarm when vacuuming or dusting.
- Ensure smoke alarms are suitably located around the home.
- Be careful when fitting smoke alarms in the kitchen as they can be set off frequently. Instead consider if placing them just outside the kitchen would work.