There’s a very good reason why this significant reform took place. Too many people were dying in homes that caught fire that didn’t need to. If only they got adequate warning 🙁

To provide some peace of mind that you and your family won’t get caught in such a tragic predicament!!, you can update now to the type and layout now specified in all-new Queensland homes, OR you can wait and do what is required by the dates below, depending on? which category you fall into.

So read the following carefully or phone us if you need assistance or quoting or if that’s all a bit much to digest, call us today and we’ll help you “extinguish” any confusion 🙂

Note, if an existing smoke alarm is found to be faulty in ANY CASE from 1/1 /17, it can only be replaced by a photoelectric type. (battery or electric)

Existing residential properties
where a contract of sale is entered into or transfer of ownership OR
for rental properties where a new lease or renewal of an existing lease occurs
Government-Owned housing (Controlled by the Department’s policy!)

The following must be effective by 1 January 2022

Owners, including Landlords, must replace smoke alarms within 10 years of manufacture date, or if they fail routine tests.

Smoke Alarm MUST be:

– PHOTOELECTRIC ONLY

– one installed in Each Bedroom

– Installed in Hallways Serving Bedrooms

– Installed on Every Storey NOT containing bedrooms, on the most likely path of travel in that storey to an exit

Be installed:

– on the ceiling, if practical (Preferred Location!) or

– on underside of exposed joist or beam, if no more than 300mm from the ceiling or

– on the wall, in an area, 100-300mm from the ceiling & more than 300mm out from the corner of 2 walls

– If installed on a sloping ceiling, MUST be between 500-1500mm from the apex of the ceiling

MUST NOT Install:

– within 300mm of a light fitting

– within 300mm of a corner

– within 400mm of air conditioning supply outlet

– within 400mm of the blades a fan

– within or near an obstruction in a stairwell

POWERING of Smoke Alarms:

– Hard Wired to domestic Electricity supply, or

– Battery, that is?

– built into the smoke alarm, Cannot be Removed

&, – manufactured to Power the Alarm for at least 10 years Without being Recharged

Note: Hard Wired MUST be Replaced with Hard Wired

Replacement must occur
– within 10 years of the manufacture date, or if they fail routine tests

Interconnection (Comply with AS3786:2015 (ref: 2014 Amdt1))
– be Interconnected to Every other smoke alarm – battery units with wireless interconnection are available

OWNER OCCUPIED PROPERTIES where no change of ownership has occurred or RENTALS that HAVE NOT had had a new lease or renewal of existing lease

have up to 31st December 2026 to comply if they want to risk it, BUT as a minimum, they must replace faulty/expired alarms with photoelectric, and Hard Wired units MUST be replaced with Hard Wired. By 1 Jan 2027, they MUST be brought up to Code where all bedrooms and hallways are covered as above and interconnected with every other smoke alarm.

Summary
So regardless of the due dates above, in all cases, we recommend you seriously consider complying with this sooner than later but if you read carefully, you may not be obliged to yet

NEW domestic dwellings where an application for approval is made, OR where substantial renovation taken place (meaning new work were more than 50% by volume including approved alterations completed in the previous 3 years)

The following became effective 1/1/17

Smoke Alarm MUST be:

  • PHOTOELECTRIC type ONLY NOT contain an Ionisation sensor
  • Installed in Each Bedroom
  • Installed in Hallways Serving Bedrooms
  • Installed on Every Storey NOT containing bedrooms, on the most likely path of travel in that storey to an exit
    be Hard-Wired to domestic Electricity supply
  • be Interconnected to Every other smoke alarm
  • comply with AS3786:2015 (ref: 2014 Amdt1)
  • Refer Manufacturer’s Installation Instructions

 

  • Be installed:
  • on the ceiling, if practical. Note: This is the preferred Location! or
  • on the underside of exposed joist or beam, if no more than 300mm from the ceiling or
  • on the wall, in an area, 100-300mm from the ceiling & more than 300mm out from the corner of 2 walls
  • If installed on a sloping ceiling, MUST be between 500-1500mm from the apex of the ceiling

 

  • MUST NOT Install:
  • within 300mm of a light fitting
  • within 300mm of a corner
  • within 400mm of air conditioning supply outlet
  • within 400mm of the blades a fan
  • within or near an obstruction in a stairwell

Again, if that’s all a bit much to digest, call us today and we’ll help you “extinguish” any confusion 🙂