Laws Surrounding Smoke Alarms In Queensland

Smoke Alarm Laws

The Queensland government brought in new smoke alarm legislation in order to comply with the federal electrical and fire safety regulations under the Australian law. The regulations encompass the installation of fire safety equipment, such as smoke alarms, in order to give an early warning and prevent any casualties during house fires. For all the residential property owners, you must comply with the new laws surrounding smoke alarms in Queensland.

Installation of Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

Since 1 January 2017, the new legislation has required Queensland residential properties to install interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms, hallways and other parts of the house on every floor level. It specified the type, positioning, and interconnectedness of the smoke alarms so that all persons living in a dwelling will be alerted no matter which room they’re in and no matter which room the fire starts in.

The photoelectric alarm, which is also called optical or photo-optical, are capable of detecting smoke and other visible particles of combustion in the early stage of a fire to give a warning and enable everyone to escape and stay out of harm. It should comply with Australian Standard 3786 -2014 and should be less than 10 years old. The smoke alarm is required to be hardwired to either a 240v power supply or a non-removable battery that can last for 10 years, and should not contain an ionisation sensor.

If you are going to purchase a new photoelectric smoke alarm, make sure that the equipment should have the label of Australian Standard, ActivFire Certification, and Scientific Services Laboratory. Make sure NOT to place the smoke alarms WITHIN the following areas:

  • 300mm of a light fitting
  • 300mm of a ceiling’s or wall’s corner
  • 400mm of the ceiling fan’s blades
  • 400mm of an AC vent

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) recommends all households to update their smoke alarms in order to comply with this new legislation. While on the process of procuring the compliant photoelectric smoke alarms, residential property owners are advised to maintain their current smoke alarms, make sure they are working fine, and practice a fire escape plan to guarantee all family members’ safety.

10-Year Implementation Plan

The new smoke alarm legislation in Queensland is planned to be rolled over a 10-year period, which includes three phases when specific dwellings are required to install the hardwired photoelectric and interconnected smoke alarms.

1 January 2017 onwards – For all new dwellings and dwellings being renovated. Existing dwellings with smoke alarms that are no longer working, as well as those that are produced more than 10 years ago, must be replaced.

1 January 2022 – For all homes or units being sold or leased, as well as existing leases being renewed.

1 January 2027 – For all private home, townhouses, units, and all other dwellings.

iCertified Smoke Alarm Inspections

To make sure that your home or property is compliant with the new laws surrounding smoke alarms in Queensland, have your new interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms installed and inspected by professionals, like iCertified. We will make sure that your smoke alarms are installed efficiently and are functioning well and compliant with the new smoke alarm regulations. Call us now and arrange an appointment with one of our inspectors to ensure the safety of your family.