Stick to BBQs and backyard cricket this weekend, and leave electrical work to the experts

CLF Services Urges Aussies to avoid DIY electrical work over the upcoming long weekend, and stick to barbecues and back-yard cricket instead.

many Australians used the opportunity of a long weekend to get odd jobs done around the house, but for many those jobs included performing illegal electrical work.

Aussies faced serious injury or even death from attempting their own electrical repairs.

“Do-it-yourself home improvements have always been a great national pastime, and have become much more prominent in recent years with home renovation shows on television

This weekend is a great opportunity to catch up on any repairs you’ve set aside, but please get the help of a qualified electrician for any electrical work.

You might think it’s a simple job to change a light fitting or replace a power point, but if you get it wrong you could kill yourself or a loved one.

CLF Services is urging Aussies to stick to backyard cricket and barbecues this weekend. DIY electrical is one national pastime we should be looking to stamp out.

While you may think you can save money by ‘having a go’, just stop and ask yourself if it’s really worth risking your life or that of a family member.

The upcoming weekend should be a time of happiness for Australians, so we need to take every precaution to ensure no tragedies occur.

New Smoke Alarm Laws from 1 January 2017

After a tragedy in Slacks Creek, the Queensland State Coroner presented evidence that the type, positioning and interconnectedness of smoke alarms are crucial to ensuring how effective a smoke alarm is in alerting people to the presence of a fire. He recommended two major changes that form the basis of this new legislation. These recommendations were put to government with support of Master Electricians Australia, with new laws that came into effect in Queensland from January 1 2017. They apply to new domestic dwellings, rental properties, and properties that are undergoing substantial renovations. The new laws aim to protect the lives of every resident, by creating safer homes and one unified smoke alarm system. This means that you will be more rapidly alerted to the presence of a fire in your home. The new laws impact all newly built homes and rentals, plus any home undertaking substantial renovations. From 1 January 2017, in Queensland smoke alarms installed in new homes must be:

  • Photoelectric type only;
  • Hard wired to the electricity supply;
  • Interconnected to every other smoke alarm;
  • Installed in each bedroom;
  • Installed in hallways serving bedrooms; and
  • Installed in the exit path of every storey not containing bedrooms.

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What Type of Smoke Alarms Does Your Home Have?

There are two types of smoke alarms; photoelectric and ionisation. Ionisation smoke alarms ‘feel’ smoke by detecting invisible particles of combustion, like when you burn your toast in the kitchen, and activate quickly for fast-flaming fires. Evidence suggests they are not as effective at detecting slow-smouldering fires, which are generally the fires that lead to deaths in homes. Photoelectric smoke alarms ‘see’ smoke by detecting visible particles of combustion and react more quickly to smouldering fires. They are more reliable and less likely to produce false alarm activations. When photoelectric alarms activate, the smoke is still at the top layer of the ceiling, above head height and this gives residents more time to evacuate safely. This additional warning time is critical in allowing the safe escape of all persons. For more information please contact CLF Services or go to https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/community-safety/smokealarms/documents/New-Smoke-Alarm-Legislation.pdf