Renting

Smoke alarms

Property owners must install smoke alarms in all domestic dwellings.

Find out more on the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services recommends:

  • all residential accommodation be fitted with photoelectric type smoke alarms
  • smoke alarms either hard-wired or powered by a 10-year lithium battery
  • smoke alarms located
    • on each level of living space
    • outside each bedroom and
    • in every bedroom
  • all smoke alarms should be interconnected
  • every home should have a practised escape plan.

Property owners/managers must:

  • install smoke alarms complying with Australian Standard 3786-1993 outside sleeping areas and one on each level of the dwelling
  • replace smoke alarms before the end of their service life (smoke alarms are required to have a recommended service life of at least 10 years under normal conditions of use)
  • test and clean smoke alarms and replace any flat or nearly flat batteries within 30 days of the start or renewal of a tenancy.

Property owners/managers must not remove a smoke alarm, remove the battery (other than to replace it) or do anything to reduce the effectiveness of the alarm (e.g. paint it).

Tenants must:

  • test and clean (by vacuuming or dusting) smoke alarms at least once every 12 months
  • replace any flat or nearly flat batteries
  • advise the property manager/owner if there is any issue with the alarm (apart from batteries)
  • allow the property owner/manager right of entry to install smoke alarms.

The tenant must not remove a smoke alarm, remove the battery (other than to replace it) or do anything to reduce the effectiveness of the alarm (e.g. paint it).

Penalties apply to both tenants and property manager/owners for not complying with these requirements.

Smoke alarms save lives. Reports indicate that the risk of death in a house fire is reduced by more than half if a properly maintained smoke alarm is installed.