Smoke alarm legislation update
The Queensland Government’s changes to smoke alarm legislation will make Queensland households the safest in Australia. To keep your home and family safe the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services recommend that you update and replace all your fire alarms to meet the new legislation. Contact a qualified electrician to ensure that your smoke alarm installation meets the updated legislation.
The new smoke alarm installation legislation specifies that all Queensland dwellings will be required to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms. These are required in all bedrooms, in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling, and on every level.
There is a 10-year phased rollout of interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in Queensland. This will happen over three specific periods starting from 1 January 2017.
What does this mean for your home?
To comply with legislation, interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are required:
- From 1 January 2017: in all new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings (this applies to building applications submitted from 1 January 2017).
- From 1 January 2022: in all domestic dwellings leased and sold.
- From 1 January 2027: in all other domestic dwellings.
What is a photoelectric alarm?
Photoelectric smoke alarms, also known as optical or photo-optical, detect visible particles of combustion.
They respond to a wide range of fires but are particularly responsive to smoldering fires and the dense smoke given off by foam-filled furnishings, the types of fires that typically begin in bedrooms or lounges.
Photoelectric smoke alarms are not as prone to those cooking nuisance alarms and research has indicated that they are more effective across a wider range of fires experienced in the home.
What do you need to do?
Contact South East Electrical and we can do an audit of your smoke alarms. Our Smoke Alarm Services comprehensive smoke detector testing for agents, landlords, and tenants includes; checking the expiry date, battery change, complete a smoke test and advise if existing location of each detector is correct with current regulations