THE NEW SMOKE ALARM LAWS

The new smoke alarm laws may at first appear to be confusing, so we have decided to put them into a simpler format that we hope will give you a better understanding as to how they effect your property and as to what your responsibilites are to make sure your property, either private or rental, is compliant with the legislation.

When do the new laws come in effect?

  • From the 1st Janury 2017, every new or significantly renovated residence in Queensland will need to have installed photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms.
  • All houses built before 2017 which are leased, rented or sold, have until January 2022 to comply with the new regulations.
  • All owner-occupied private dwellings will need to comply with the legislation by Janaury 2027.
  • Any smoke alarm being replaced after 1st January 2017 must be a photoelectric smoke alarm.

Property owners/managers responibilities:

  • install smoke alarms complying with Australian standard 3786-2014
  • replace smoke alarms before the end of their service life (recommended service life of at least 10 years)
  • test & clean smoke alarms and replace any flat or nearly flat batteries within 30 days of the start or renewal of a tenancy

What type of smoke alarms are required?

  • 240v wired photoelectric interconnected smoke alarms or
  • photoelectric interconnected smoke alams powered by a 10 year battery (wireless)

What does interconnected mean?

  • interconnected means that when one smoke alarm is activated all the other alarms are also activated. In other words they talk to each other.

Can I use my existing smoke alarms?

  • each property would have to be assessed because not all existing alarms are capable of being interconnected and may not be photoelectric.

Where must the alarms be placed?

  • in every bedroom
  • in hallways which connect bedrooms to the rest of the dwelling
  • if there are no bedrooms on a level at lest one alarm must be installed in the path of the exit from the dwelling.