As of January 1st, 2017, a new smoke alarm legislation is set in place in Queensland. The updated legislation is to ensure maximum smoke alarm safety for you and your family members in your home. Some of the important changes are outlined below.
For existing smoke alarms in homes and units
When replacing smoke alarms, they must be fitted with photoelectric type systems that comply with Australian Standards (AS) 3786-2014. Alarms manufactured or installed more than 10 years ago must be replaced with the photoelectric type alarms unless it is a hardwired type which is to be replaced with an updated hard-wire system.
Smoke alarms for sold, leased or renewed lease homes and units
Obligations for landlords and tenants have not changed regarding the testing of smoke alarms. Property sellers must lodge a form with Queensland Land Registry Office stating the requirements of the new smoke alarm legislation have been met.
Renovated homes and units
Any major renovations to homes or units must be approved to ensure the new alarms comply with the new laws and work effectively within the home or unit building.
Locations for installing smoke alarms
There are many specific requirements when installing new smoke alarms and their locations. As of January 1st, 2017, new smoke alarms must not be placed:
i) within 300mm of a corner of a ceiling and a wall;
ii) within 300mm of a lighting fitting;
iii) within 400mm of an air-conditioning vent;
iv) within 400mm of the blades of a ceiling fan.
These requirements differ when smoke alarms are to be fitted in stairways, sloping ceilings or ceilings with exposed beams. These measurements can be found in the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008.