Take 5 With Alan - A Stalwart of the Smoke Alarm Industry

With just over one month to go until Queensland’s 2022 smoke alarm legislation rolls out, we thought we’d sit down with one of Smoke Alarm Solutions’ long standing employees – Alan Haydon.

Thanks for joining us Al. Can you tell us a bit about your role with Smoke Alarm Solutions?

I’m part of the Field Management team here at Smoke Alarm Solutions. My role is Field Training and Work, Health and Safety Manager. This involves training our Technicians to ensure they have the knowledge and skills they need to be able to install smoke alarms in properties to the legislative requirements. I also ensure they have the practical know-how about smoke alarms so they can educate tenants about how they operate.   

As training manager you must be able to recite the legislation to the letter?

After 13 years in the industry with Smoke Alarm Solutions understanding legislation around smoke alarms has become second nature. In starting out in the field as a Technician, becoming a Field Supervisor and eventually getting to my current position, I not only know a great deal about the legislation, but I can also see how it works in a practical sense.

13 Years is such a big achievement – what do you love most about the smoke alarm industry?

I love that we are actively making Australian homes and occupants safer. My time with Smoke Alarm Solutions has allowed me to be part of the original introduction of Smoke Alarm legislation and the more recent Queensland changes. Each change has made the occupants of Queensland homes so much safer and it has been great to be instrumental in providing those measures of safety.

What’s your personal opinion about Queensland’s 2022 smoke alarm legislation?

I applaud the Queensland government for making the changes, particularly around the need for interconnected smoke alarms. There has been incredible development in the technology of smoke alarms to facilitate the new changes and this translates into better outcomes for upgrading all your properties. We all have the opportunity to make any occupant safe and alert them faster about a house fire and increase their chances of survival.  

Have you had the smoke alarms upgraded in your own house?

I absolutely have. I had my upgrade completed a few years ago when the legislation first changed. I have a family myself and I want to do everything I can to protect them in the case of a house fire.

Thanks for talking to us Al. What’s you last message to our readers?

Get your smoke alarms upgraded! Not only is it mandated by legislation but when it comes down to it, it’s about safety and protecting the people in your properties.

Smoke Alarm Solutions is Australia’s leading provider of smoke alarm services to the real estate industry and is a trusted partner of the REIQ. Contact Smoke Alarm Solutions today at 1300 852 301 or email info@smokealarmsolutions.com.au to find out how they can provide a cost-effective and user-friendly solution to remove the liability and stress surrounding such an imperative and intricate set of guidelines involved with smoke alarm compliance. Don’t leave compliance up to chance. Ensure you deal with the experts.

Smoke Alarm Solutions is Australia's leading provider of smoke alarm services to the real estate industry.

Smoke Alarm Solutions is Australia's leading provider of smoke alarm services to the real estate industry.
  • A very responsive team and good follow up with our tenants in arranging inspections. We purchased rent rolls from other agencies and the transition of the smoke alarm services from the previous agencies to us is easy and seamless! We are confident with the teams’ services and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone!

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  • As a Principal of a Real Estate agency, we are always diligent to ensure that the agency and our properties meet all current legislation and compliance. After using several different companies for Smoke Alarm compliance over the years, none compare to the professionalism of Smoke Alarm Solutions.

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  • As a Property Manager, I've found Lisa (Business Development Manager) to be an asset to the company, and of great assistance to us. She has regularly kept in contact, and never too busy to find the answers to our questions. The service team have attended when requested and the compliance reports sent through promptly. We look forward to our continued collaboration.

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  • All Smoke Alarm Solutions staff are well versed in the current and new upcoming legislation and are always helpful and professional from the administration team to the technicians attending on site. Respectful of our tenants and the property, the technicians are fantastic. The invoices and quotes are easy for our Landlords to read and understand.
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  • We returned to Smoke Alarm Solutions after using a smaller company, we were tired of our calls not being returned and waiting for invoices. When we transferred back nothing was a hassle and Brendan went out of his way to make our job as Property Managers easier. Our tenants and Landlords have peace of mind with the 24/7 emergency service and now receive invoices within 24 hours of the job being carried out.

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  • Ironfish have been working with Smoke Alarm Solutions for a number of years now, and we found them to be professional and on top of the legislations. Bonnie Hutchison, in particular has been wonderful to deal with. A true star for their company!

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  • Smoke Alarm Solutions even offered a free information training session to help to further educate our property management staff. The new online portal is an absolute dream for us busy professionals and is just another reason why we cannot recommend Smoke Alarm Solutions enough.

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  • Thank you for all the assistance you provide our team. You and your team are always, experienced, prompt and helpful with everything we ask.
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  • There are a lot of other companies out there that will dazzle you with their selling skills, promise you the world and may even offer cheaper rates but after taking over a rent roll of hundreds to find that owners were being charged by another company but not one property was actually visited or met the required criteria, we just wouldn’t risk giving our business to anyone but Smoke Alarm Solutions. Professional, ethical and by far the best smoke alarm specialist around!
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