New Smoke Alarm laws

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January 17, 2017

An interconnected smoke alarm system ensures everyone in the home is simultaneously alerted of a fire situation regardless of where they are in the home.

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.

Earlier this year 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 storey
  • At least one smoke alarm fitted on each storey 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

All smoke alarms being replaced after 1 January 2017 must be replaced with a photoelectric alarm.

Smoke alarms must be replaced within ten years of their manufacture date or if found to be faulty when tested.

The team of Brisbane master electricians at Levitt Electrical can upgrade, install, replace, service and test your smoke alarms. Contact us now on 3399 4499 or complete our Inquiry Form for all your smoke alarm requirements.

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