The Fire Commissioner says Australia’s most common ionisation smoke alarm should be banned, with other experts claiming the flawed ionisation alarms have failed to save thousands of lives. The commissioner says there’s a simple way to find out whether you have a photoelectric v ionisation smoke alarm. Watch the interview here with 7 News.
Over 4,000 Australian Homes Caught Fire in 2015
In the last year more than 4,000 NSW homes have caught alight. Now experts are ringing the alarm bells about our first line of defence, the smoke alarm. “The ionisation alarms should immediately be banned”
Photoelectric Sees Smoke Faster Than Ionisation Smells It
There are two types of alarm, ionisation and photoelectric. Put simply, photoelectric sees the smoke and ionisation smells it, but it might not smell the smoke until it’s too late.
Ionisation Smoke Alarms get disconnected for false alarms
Ionisation alarms are prone to false alarms through cooking so people often disable them and take the batteries out.
“Ionisation alarms should be banned.”
They look the same and roughly cost the same but ionisation smoke alarms can’t detect smouldering flames. They’re the ones that experts want banned.
They don’t operate as quickly as photoelectric smoke alarms, our own research enforces that.
Most Australian homes, up to 90% have ionisation alarms. In a fire like this, it’s unlikely to start sounding until the smoke virtually chokes it’s senses. Experts say it’s a fatal flaw. Thousands of people have died over decades. Watch this 2 minute video as Fire Safety Consultant describes why Ionisation aren’t effective.
How To Make Sure You Don’t Have An Ionisation Smoke Alarm
All you need to do, take it off the roof, if there’s a radioactive sign visible, replace it with a photoelectric alarm.
Photoelectric v Ionisation smoke alarm batteries
Choose a smoke alarm that has a 10 year long life lithium battery. That way you know you, your family and your home are protected for the next 10 years. Cavius smoke alarms come with a 10 year long-life battery. Many ionisation alarm batteries only last between 12 – 18 months.