Often downlights can set fire to the debris collected in the roof insulation which burn in the roof space above smoke alarms. Because the fires start above the smoke alarms they are normally undetected until its too late. At this stage flaming material comes through their vents or the ceiling collapses.
How can a fire start in the roof space?
A roof space fire starts above the ceiling material but beneath the roof tiles or tin. There are a number of things in a roof space that may cause a fire. These include water pipes, heater flues, heat from the back of downlights and electrical circuits that have been damaged or from poor workmanship, white ants or rodents. If downlights are installed correctly and a safe distance is kept from combustible material, there is no risk of fire.
What are the main causes of downlight fires?
A fire can start when the heat given off by downlights comes in contact with combustible material including insulation, leaf litter, dust or roof timbers. DFES research shows downlights can heat up to more than 240 degrees. Note: When installed correctly, downlights do not pose a fire risk. There are Australian Standards to ensure safe installation of downlights.
What Can I Do To Prevent A Downlight Fire In My Home?
Remember, it is illegal to install your own downlights. If you would like us to check your downlights or speak with one of our qualified and licensed electricians above changing your downlights to a safer and more energy efficient option, call our office on 99 58 58 58.