New Smoke Alarm Legislation QLD

Upgrade your Smoke Alarm Today: New Smoke Alarm Legislation QLD

If you are looking to buy or sell a home, or you are a landlord of a property that has tenants living in the house, it is essential to keep up to date with the new smoke alarm legislation that has recently been introduced.

From 1 January 2022, under the new legislation in the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008, all rental properties in Queensland must have interconnected smoke alarms installed. Property owners who are signing a new lease, renewing a tenancy agreement, or selling a property will need to abide by these new measures.

By 1 January 2027, all owner-occupiers must be compliant with the same measures.

What is an interconnected smoke alarm and why is it important?

An interconnected smoke alarm system will trigger all smoke alarms in the house to go off at the same time as soon as one smoke alarm is set off. The purpose of this innovative technology is to improve safety measures for residents by providing extra time to exit the house in the event of a fire.

What do you need to look out for?

Check your smoke alarms to comply with new smoke alarm legislation QLD.

  • Are photoelectric and comply with Australian Standard 3786-2014 (this number should be written on the smoke alarm)
  • Do not contain an ionisation sensor; and
  • Less than 10 years old; and
  • Operate when tested; and
  • Are interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so they all activate together.

What should you avoid?

  • Smoke alarms with this yellow symbol below are not photoelectric and will need to be replaced by the property owner:
Smoke-Alarm Legislation QLD

Where should smoke alarms be installed?

Smoke alarms must be placed on the ceiling.

Where should smoke alarms not be installed?

  • within 300mm of a corner of a ceiling and a wall.
  • within 300mm of a light fitting.
  • within 400mm of an air-conditioning vent.
  • within 400mm of the blades of a ceiling fan.
  • where there is excessive air moment
  • near windows, doors, fans or air-conditioners.
  • near kitchens or near bathrooms.
  • at the apex of cathedral ceilings, the corner junction of walls and ceilings, and between exposed floor joists.

Why do I need to replace my smoke alarm?

  • After 10 years smoke alarms can malfunction due to old age, dust and debris, insects, and/or the corrosion of the electrical circuits which diminishes their efficiency. Therefore, smoke alarms must be replaced if they are more than 10 years old or if they fail to operate when tested. Most smoke alarms should have an expiry date stamped on them. If you cannot find it, you should contact the smoke alarm supplier or manufacturer.

Handy tips to ensure your smoke alarm continues to work

  1. Test the operation of the smoke alarm monthly by pressing the “test” button.
  2. Clean the alarm from dust and debris which can interfere with their operation.
  3. Replace removable batteries annually and check if the battery is low and needs replacing. It will normally “Beep” if the battery is running low.
  4. Do not paint over the smoke alarms as this could affect its efficiency.
  5. Do not disable the smoke alarm if it is set off while cooking. You should turn on the range fan, open a window or wave a towel near the alarm until the alarm stops beeping. If the alarm keeps going off while cooking, consider relocating the smoke alarm.

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