Smoke Alarm Solutions
Press Release: October 2015

"Despite meeting the Australian Standard, it is proven that ionisation alarms do not provide adequate protection due to

the way in which they detect and alert in the event of a fire."

Smoke Alarm Solutions, Australia's largest provider of smoke alarm compliance and

maintenance services, supply, install and service smoke alarms in more than 260,000 homes.

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Photoelectric vs Ionisation Smoke Alarms: The Deadly Differences

 

Queensland - The time for change is now! The recent increase in deadly house fires, further ignites the need for discussion around ionisation alarms and their effectiveness. Despite meeting the Australian Standard, it is proven that ionisation 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.

• Can be safely disposed of.

 

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. It's not worth the risk.

 

Key Facts and Figures

 

The recent increase in deadly house fires, further ignites the need for discussion around ionisation alarms and their effectiveness. The way in which they detect and alert make all the difference in the response time in the event of a fire and despite meeting the Australian Standard they are inadequate in comparison to the photoelectric smoke alarm.

 

About

 

Operating since 2007, Smoke Alarm Solutions supply, install and service smoke alarms in more than 270,000 Australian homes and have the largest field service capability in the industry. Operating in five states: Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Australian Capital Territory, Smoke Alarm Solutions is committed to the safety of Australians and is strongly advocating for a change in legislation in order to increase the proper use of accurate and functioning smoke alarms.

 

(ENDS)

 

Contact Details

 

Cameron Davis

Chief Executive Officer

1300 852 301 | cameron.davis@smokealarmsolutions.com.au

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