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Change your battery or change your alarm

Daylight saving has ended across some regions in Australia and now is the perfect time to check your smoke alarm.

Quell, a leading provider of fire and safety equipment reminds families to check their smoke alarms and replace any expired smoke alarms in their homes. Smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old should be replaced.

“The reasons for a smoke alarm not operating may include battery or alarm failure, both of which require attention and maintenance,” says David Laundry, National Consumer Manager, Quell. “It’s a good idea to check your fire alarm on a day such as the daylight saving changeover because it is memorable and can help ensure continued protection year on year.” Even if you don’t have daylight saving in your region, it should still be used as a timely reminder to check.

To know when your smoke alarm was manufactured, look for a batch number, which is typically printed near the battery compartment. A batch number of 2420 indicates that the product was manufactured in the 24th week of 2020. Quell alarms have a date of manufacture printed clearly on the base, while some manufacturers now place the expiry date on the smoke alarm.

“Working smoke alarms are the only smoke alarms that can save lives and property, and it is important they are maintained properly,” said Laundry.

So change your clock, check your alarm for the age and replace batteries where possible.

Why do I need to change my smoke alarm every 10 years?

Did you know that the sensitivity of smoke alarms can decrease over time? In some Australian States it is also a requirement to replace your smoke alarm every 10 years.

An outdated or faulty smoke alarm may just be as dangerous as having no smoke alarm at all. Being unprotected from the possibility of a fire is a risk Quell hopes no family has to face.

To know when your smoke alarm was manufactured, look for a batch number, which is typically printed near the battery compartment. For example, a batch number of 2420 indicates that the product was manufactured in the 24th week of 2020. All Quell alarms have a date of manufacture printed clearly on the base.

Some other handy tips to maintaining your smoke alarm include:

  • Clean and vacuum your smoke alarm at least every 6 months. This will help nuisance alarms caused by dust or other contaminants.
  • Test your alarm after installing new batteries – simply press the test button.
  • Replace your smoke alarm battery at least once a year, typically at daylight saving time.

Smoke Alarm State Legislation

Australian laws requires all residential property owners to install at least one smoke alarm on each floor of the property however the exact requirements vary from state to state.

Not sure what your legal requirements are? Click on the handy links below to check.

Working smoke alarms are the only smoke alarms that can save lives and property, and it is important they are maintained properly. Why not check your smoke alarm today.

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Be fire safe with a range of Quell products

In a recent Outdoors Indoors episode, they showcase a range of home fire safety products that you should consider to help keep your home and family safe.

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Did you know that you should replace your smoke alarm every 10 years?

Did you know that the sensitivity of smoke alarms can decrease over time? In some Australian States it is also a requirement to replace your smoke alarm every 10 years.

An outdated or faulty smoke alarm may just be as dangerous as having no smoke alarm at all. Being unprotected from the possibility of a fire is a risk Quell hopes no family has to face.

To know when your smoke alarm was manufactured, look for a batch number, which is typically printed near the battery compartment. For example, a batch number of 2417 indicates that the product was manufactured in the 24th week of 2017. All Quell alarms have a date of manufacture printed clearly on the base.

Some other handy tips to maintaining your smoke alarm include:

  • Clean and vacuum your smoke alarm at least every 6 months. This will help nuisance alarms caused by dust or other contaminants.
  • Test your alarm after installing new batteries – simply press the test button.
  • Replace your smoke alarm battery at least once a year, typically at daylight saving time.

Smoke Alarm State Legislation

Australian laws requires all residential property owners to install at least one smoke alarm on each floor of the property however the exact requirements vary from state to state.

Not sure what your legal requirements are? Click on the handy links below to check.

Working smoke alarms are the only smoke alarms that can save lives and property, and it is important they are maintained properly. Why not check your smoke alarm today.

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Why you should have a working smoke alarm in the bedroom

Did you know that a small fire can grow to involve an entire room in approximately 2-3 minutes? 

A working smoke alarm provides early warning of a fire and time for the occupants to escape, enact their home escape plan and call 000 (triple zero). A small fire can grow to involve an entire room in 2-3 minutes. When you are asleep you lose your sense of smell, and a working smoke alarm will alert you to the presence of smoke.

Installing a smoke alarm in a bedroom, particularly when somebody sleeps with the door closed, is an important fire safety step that is often overlooked.

We recommend the following fire safety tips:

  • Do not smoke in bed
  • Make sure powered electrical appliances like hair dryers, hair straighteners and laptops are not left on the bed
  • Install a smoke alarm inside the bedroom if the occupant sleeps with the door closed
  • Keep electric blankets flat and regularly check for broken or frayed wiring
  • Turn your electric blanket off when you’re ready to go to sleep

Maintaining your smoke alarm ensures it’s in working order.  We recommend that:

  • Once a month test your smoke alarm battery by pressing and holding the test button
  • At least twice a year dust, vacuum or gently wipe around cover of your smoke alarm. This helps to keep your smoke alarm free of particles to ensure smoke can easily reach the internal sensor
  • Every year replace your smoke alarm battery (only you have a 9 volt battery powered smoke alarm.) This advice is not relevant if you have a 10 year long life lithium battery smoke alarm
  • Every 10 years replace your smoke alarm with a 10 year long life lithium battery and tamper proof chamber smoke alarm

Quell has a range of smoke alarms to suit all residential needs, and also recently launched a series of some alarms, featuring wireless interconnectivity with other Quell Wireless Interconnect alarms, meaning if one unit is triggered, all interconnected alarms will sound. Powered by a 10-year battery that lasts the life of the alarm, no battery installation or replacement is necessary.

With voice activation, these alarms also allow for easy interconnect setup and eliminates the need for expensive rewiring. Each smoke alarm can be used in different locations through the house – including bedrooms, living areas, kitchens and hallways.

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Don’t change batteries every year! Get yourself a 10-year battery smoke alarm.

It’s the start of Daylight Saving and every family member is encouraged to think about their fire safety, particularly smoke alarms.

Whether you observe Daylight Saving or not, it’s a great time to think about your fire safety practices and the products in your home that keep you and your family safe.

At this time of year you are encouraged to check your smoke alarms and change the batteries to ensure they are in working order. But why change your smoke alarm batteries every year if you don’t have to! Quell offers a range of 10-year sealed lithium battery alarms, meaning you don’t have to change the battery for the life of the alarm.

And to make everything so much easier, Quell has a smart way for you to clearly identify what smoke alarm is right for every room in the house.

You simply go to our Easy Room Colour Selection Guide and select the correct product specific for your needs. Whether it’s for the bedroom, kitchen, living room or hallway, you’ll have the whole house covered. The simple colour coding system also categorises fire extinguishers, fire blankets and home fire safety kits for other areas of your home. Like the laundry, garage or workshop. With Quell, you’ll always find the right alarm for the right room, anywhere in your home.

Quell have a complete range of smoke alarms that can quickly alert you to any fire danger. They’re designed with two main sensor types to detect fires in your home: ionisation and photoelectric. Quell also have specifically designed smoke alarms that detect the presence of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. And with every Quell smoke alarm, they meet stringent guidelines. All Quell smoke alarms are certified to Australian Standard AS 3786.

Take a look at our Worry-Free photoelectric smoke alarms. They can detect the fires that can smoulder for hours before bursting into flames. Say it was your bedroom. The photoelectric sensor is capable of detecting larger smoke particles produced by burning foam, rubber and synthetic materials.

Trust Quell smoke alarms to safeguard your home. Know you’re safe, trust Quell.

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Spring forward this Daylight Saving and check your alarm

Daylight Saving commences this Sunday, 7 October 2018 at 2:00am. Whether you live in a state that observes daylight saving or not, we remind families to check their smoke alarms and replace any expired smoke alarms in their homes at this time.

Smoke alarms should be tested and batteries replaced (where applicable) and it is recommended that smoke alarms are replaced after 10 years. To know when your smoke alarm was manufactured, look for a batch number, which is typically printed near the battery compartment. A batch number of 2418 indicates that the product was manufactured in the 24th week of 2018.

Working smoke alarms are the only smoke alarms that can help save lives and property, and it is important they are maintained properly.

So this weekend – Spring Forward 1 hour, Check your alarm and Replace your alarm if required. Then sit back and relax with family and loved ones.

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