The Queensland government has made recent changes to smoke alarm laws to ensure that Queensland households are the safest in Australia in relation to fire safety. To help you understand these new changes, our electricians have created a summary of the new Queensland smoke alarm laws and how they will affect you.
For existing properties
From 1 January 2017, smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago must be replaced with compliant photoelectric smoke alarms. To check the date of your alarm, take it off the wall and check the back. It’s date of manufacture should be stamped there.
Smoke alarms that are non-operational need replacing immediately and must be replaced with a photoelectric smoke alarm. For the best protection these alarms should be installed by an electrician on every storey, in every bedroom and in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the home.
It is recommended that all your smoke alarms are either hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery. All homeowners should replace any ionisation smoke alarms with photoelectric alarms as soon as possible.
From 1 January 2022, all homes or units being sold or leased, will require the installation of hardwired, photoelectric interconnected smoke alarms on every storey, in every bedroom and in connected hallways. Where this isn’t possible, non-removable smoke alarms with 10-year batteries must be installed instead.
For new properties
From 1 January 2017 all new homes, units and substantially renovated homes or units subject to a building application will require the installation of hardwired, photoelectric interconnected smoke alarms. Where hardwired systems can’t be installed, non-removable smoke alarms with 10-year batteries must be placed on each storey, in each bedroom and all hallways connecting bedrooms to the rest of the dwelling.
From 1 January 2027, all homes, townhouses and units new or old, must also be equipped with hardwired photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms. For more information about these new changes, visit the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ website.
If you’re worried that your smoke alarms don’t meet new standards, then contact Tedford Air and Electrical today. Located on the Gold Coast, our experienced electricians will come to you and ensure all your smoke alarms are up to Queensland government standards.
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