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News in brief: New smoke alarm laws

New smoke alarm laws commenced in Queensland on 1 January 2017, placing additional requirements on property managers/owners regarding the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms in domestic dwellings.

The Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Act 2016 (Qld) requires smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old, or faulty alarms, to be replaced with photoelectric alarms that comply with Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014. Existing hardwired smoke alarms that need replacing must be replaced with hardwired photoelectric smoke alarms. 

It is also recommended that ionisation smoke alarms be replaced with photoelectric alarms as soon as possible. 

From 1 January 2022, smoke alarms in all dwellings that are being sold, leased or an existing lease renewed, must be functioning, photoelectric (AS 3786-2014), less than 10 years old, and interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling. The alarms must be either hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery. 

Smoke alarms must also be installed on each storey and in each bedroom, in hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling, or between bedrooms if there is no hallway. If there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling. 

Read more about property manager/owner obligations under the new smoke alarm laws.

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