0:05 So why the mandating of photoelectric
0:08 as opposed to ionisation alarms?
0:10 So, we've had ionisation alarms for many, many years.
0:13 But since 2006, all fire services in Australia
0:16 have recommended photoelectric smoke alarms.
0:19 The reason for that is, they're a far more reliable smoke
0:22 alarm for all types of fires, but particularly for the fires
0:26 that kill people at night while they're sleeping.
0:29 And it's also that-- a less chance
0:31 of there being a false alarm, really, isn't it?
0:35 Ionisation smoke alarms, as you would know,
0:38 and many of the community know, every time I cook toast,
0:41 or whenever I cook something in the oven,
0:44 my smoke alarm will go off.
0:45 People falsely think that that's actually working
0:48 and that's really good.
0:49 But reality is, that is causing a complacency issue out there,
0:54 and people are taking their batteries out
0:55 of the smoke alarms, they're taking them
0:57 off the ceiling in frustration.
1:00 Because, at the end of the day, this
1:01 is all about going off when it needs to go off.
1:04 You won't have that problem with photoelectric smoke alarms.
1:06 Photoelectric smoke alarms actually
1:08 need to see the smoke for them to work.
1:11 And, so we all know when we cook our toast
1:15 a smoke alarm will go off, and yet you can only
1:16 barely smell burning toast.
1:18 You can't see any smoke.
1:20 So those sorts of things will be alleviated.
1:22 So what does the new legislation mean in that area there,
1:26 about having smoke alarms in bedrooms and outside
1:28 of bedrooms?
1:29 Well, the new legislation means that from 1st of January
1:32 next year, 2017, if you're building a new home
1:37 or doing substantial renovations,
1:39 you'll be required to put in photoelectric hardwired smoke
1:42 alarms that are interconnected in the bedrooms
1:44 and the hallways, and they need to be interconnected together.
1:48 The idea of the interconnection is an important one.
1:50 Interconnection is all about ensuring
1:52 that if one alarm goes off in the home,
1:54 they all go off in the home.
1:55 You can imagine, with a smoke alarm
1:57 out in the hallway, which is what the old legislation said,
2:00 if you sleep with your bedroom door closed, the chances of you
2:03 hearing that smoke alarm to the level
2:04 that you need to is pretty much nonexistent.
2:08 Smoke alarms give off about 85 decibels of sound
2:12 from the smoke alarm.
2:13 If you're a long way away from that, in a large bedroom,
2:16 or if you sleep with the door closed or your children do,
2:18 or your teenage children do, they're
2:20 probably going to get about 36 or 40 decibels at their bed
2:24 Research clearly shows, unless you get 75 at your bed head,
2:27 the chances of you waking up are reduced.