Smoke alarms save lives. Reports have found that the risk of death in a house fire is reduced by more than half if properly maintained smoke alarms are installed.
The Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Act 2016 (Qld) commenced on 1 January 2017 and imposes additional obligations on property owners/managers with regards to the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms at domestic dwellings.
If the existing smoke alarms were manufactured less than 10 years ago, and are still in good working order, they will comply with the new legislative requirements.
However, it is important for property owners/managers to understand the new requirements and the timeframes that apply.
Find out more about the new smoke alarm legislation from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
If you have questions concerning the new smoke alarm legislation, email SmokeAlarms@qfes.qld.gov.au.
How the new legislation effects dwellings being sold, leased or an existing lease is renewedeffects dwellings being sold, leased or an existing lease is renewed
When replacing smoke alarms, they must be of a photoelectric type which complies with Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014.
Existing smoke alarms, manufactured more than 10 years ago, must be replaced (Note: smoke alarms should have the date of manufacture stamped on them).
Smoke alarms that do not operate when tested must be replaced immediately.
Existing hardwired smoke alarms, that need replacing, must be replaced with a hardwired photoelectric smoke alarm.
Smoke alarms in all dwellings must:
Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey: