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Queensland’s New Smoke Alarm Legislation – Don’t Get Caught Out

Smoke Alarm Laws in Queensland

Warning: The new compulsory regulations for smoke alarm installation for properties being or sold or tenanted comes into effect on 1st January 2022. Read on for the impact of non-compliance.

New smoke alarm legislation was introduced by the Queensland State Government on 1 January 2017.

These new laws outline the responsibilities of Queensland homeowners and landlords with respect to smoke alarm installation on their properties.

The important thing is not to ignore these new laws as there could be unpleasant repercussions.

There are two slight variations of the legal requirements for smoke alarm installation. These depend upon whether you are an owner-occupier or the landlord of an investment property.

New Smoke Alarm Specifications

There are specifications for the alarms which are the same for all situations.

All new smoke alarms must be;

  • Photoelectric type that complies with Australia Standard 3786-2014.
  • Without an ionisation sensor
  • Less than 10 years old
  • Operational when tested.
  • Interconnected with all other “required” alarms on the property. This will allow them to all activate at the same time.

The alarms can either be hard-wired to the domestic 240v power supply or use a non-replaceable 10-year battery. A combination of both is also acceptable.

Additionally, any existing hard-wired alarms being replaced must do so with a photoelectric hard-wired alarm.

There are also important specifications outlining where and how the smoke alarms should be placed, and how many are required. This ensures that they will work effectively in case of a fire. It also reduces the likelihood of them being accidentally triggered by steam, heat, cooking smoke, or insects, i.e. a nuisance alarm.

Requirements for Owner-Occupiers

For existing owner-occupiers, smoke alarms should be replaced immediately if they;

  • Are over 10 years old.
  • Fail to operate properly when tested.

As the legislation came into effect on 1 January 2017, this means that all old alarms should be fully replaced by 1 January 2027.

Additionally, from 1 January 2022, any property being sold or leased will need to be fully compliant with the specified photoelectric smoke alarms.

Requirements for Landlords

Landlords with investment properties being leased will also need to be fully compliant with the new laws by 1 January 2022.

If you are not compliant by this date you will not be legally allowed to rent out your property. Additionally, if your property is leased at the time, the tenants will be required to move.

DJ Edwards Solar & Electrical

DJ Edwards Solar & Electrical are licensed electrical contractors based in Brisbane. We can provide solutions and smoke alarm installations that comply with the new legislation.

For more information on the new smoke alarm legislation, you can visit the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website

Contact us now on 0400 571 610 or via our Contact Form to get your property up to date!

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