Installing smoke alarms QLD Smoke Alarm Legislation – PDFElectrical safety in rental properties tenants
In 2016 the Queensland Government changed the law on smoke alarms in residential properties. Under the new law, smoke alarms in your home must be: Interconnected (hard-wired or wireless) / Photoelectric smoke alarms only
Powered by a 10-year lithium battery or hard-wired
Fitted in all bedrooms / Fitted in the hallway between the bedrooms and the rest of the house or if there isn’t a hallway between bedrooms and the rest of the story. At least one smoke alarm fitted on each story of the home
The new law comes into effect at different times for different circumstances as follows:
-Must comply immediately for building approvals for new homes and homes significantly renovated after 1 January 2017
-Must comply within five years (by 1 January 2022) for homes being sold or leased or existing lease is renewed
-Must comply within ten years (by 1 January 2027) for existing owner-occupied homes
The State Government encourages all Queenslanders to update to photoelectric interconnected smoke alarm systems as soon as possible for the safety of all homes and residents.
Replacing smoke alarms:
Both hard-wired and battery-operated smoke alarms are manufactured to have a recommended service life of at least 10 years under normal conditions of use (AS 3786).
The entire smoke alarm must be replaced after 10 years from the manufacture date.
After 10 years smoke alarms may malfunction and their efficiency can be compromised with accumulated dust, insects, airborne contaminants and corrosion.
Remember a smoke alarm constantly monitors the air 24 hours a day. At the end of 10 years, it has gone through millions of monitoring cycles. After so much use, components may become less reliable. Most smoke alarms have an expiry or replace by date stamped/printed on them.
All smoke alarms being replaced after 1 January 2017 must be replaced with a photoelectric alarm.
Smoke alarms must also be replaced if found to be faulty when tested.
The team of Brisbane master electricians atHexar Solutions can upgrade, install, replace, service and test your smoke alarms. Contact us now on 0412000736 or complete our Job Form for all your smoke alarm requirements.