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Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms Help Save Lives

Homes can burn to the ground in less than 15 minutes. Early warning alarms like interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms can give you and your family the best chance of escape.

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Photoelectric Alarms

A smoldering fire is the most common and high-risk fire in the home. Fire Tek® Photoelectric smoke alarms reliably detect smoke from such fires, before it becomes flaming and potentially impossible to escape.

Interconnected Smoke Alarms

The Fire Tek® smoke alarms can be interconnected wired or wirelessly. This ensures if one alarm detects smoke, all alarms activate. Providing greater warning if far away from detecting alarm in larger homes or bedrooms.

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How to maintain your smoke alarms

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Every Month

Test your smoke alarm using the test/hush button and check the batteries with mains power switched off. Clean the alarm by removing dust and insects.

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Every Three Months

Vacuum smoke alarms. Spray insect repellent on a cloth and wipe the ceiling around the smoke alarm. Test the smoke alarm after cleaning.

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Every Year

Replace the back-up battery annually. Choose a recurring date that’s easy to remember (birthdays, end/start of daylight saving).

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Every 10 Years

All smoke alarms have a limited service life of 10 years. After that period, the entire smoke alarm unit must be replaced with a new one.

Where should smoke alarms be located in the home?

New Zealand law dictates that smoke alarms must be installed:

• within 3 metres of each bedroom door, or in every room where a person sleeps

• in each level or story of a multi-story or multi-level home

• in all rental homes, boarding houses, rental caravans, and self-contained sleep-outs.

All new smoke alarms must:

• be photoelectric

• have a battery life of at least eight years, or be hard-wired

• installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions

• meet international standards.

How can you reduce the risk of house fires?

Electric arc faults are a common cause of fires in the home.

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