Smoke Alarms Queensland

Smoke Alarms – It’s the Law

From 1 January 2017. 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 ten years ago must be replaced.

Smoke Alarms that do not operate when tested must be replaced immediately. Existing hardwired Smoke Alarms that need replacement must be replaced with a hardwired Smoke Alarm.

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From 1 January 2022, Queensland’s regulations require all homes being sold, leased or if an existing lease is renewed to be fully compliant:

All Smoke Alarms must be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014) – not contain an ionisation sensor.
All Smoke Alarms must be less than 10 years old.
All Smoke Alarms must operate when tested.
All Smoke Alarms must be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.
Smoke Alarms must be installed on each storey.
Smoke Alarms must be installed in each bedroom.
Smoke Alarms must be installed in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the home.
If there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey, and 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.
Smoke Alarms must be hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery.

Existing landlord’s and tenant’s obligations regarding the installation and testing of Smoke Alarms continue and Property sellers must continue to lodge a Form 24 with the Queensland Land Registry Office stating the requirements of the Smoke Alarm legislation have been met.

All other homes not leased, released, sold or renovated must be compliant before 2027.

Smoke Alarm Installation Queensland

New Smoke Alarm legislation in Queensland requires you to review if your home(s) is compliant. New regulations require all homes to have a Smoke Alarm installed in every bedroom, in every connecting hallway and on every level before 2027. All rental properties were required to ensure compliance before 2022.

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Queensland’s Smoke Alarm regulations require Photoelectric Smoke Alarms to be installed. Photoelectric Smoke Alarms are ideal for household fires because they are very sensitive to dense smoke and smouldering fires and these are the types of fires that happen most frequently in the home.

Queensland’s Smoke Alarm regulations also require all Smoke Alarms to be interconnected. This means all alarms on the system will respond to the activation of a single alarm i.e. when one goes off they all go off.

These changes are important components to the new legislation, and it is vital for the protection of life, possessions and your home(s).

Queensland’s Smoke Alarm regulations also require existing hardwired Smoke Alarms to be replaced with 240V hardwired alarms with a back-up battery and additional 10 year non replaceable battery-operated Smoke Alarms can be installed to ensure your home(s) is compliant.

Alarms sounding in every room throughout your home in response to a fire will ensure that they are quickly heard, allowing your family to take faster action to resolve the problem or escape.

It’s important you engage a professional Licensed Electrician, fully trained on where to install Smoke Alarms. Accredited Power use fully trained Licensed Electrical Contractors who are expert Smoke Alarm Installers. Accredited Power can take care of your upgraded Smoke Alarm installation and make your home(s) compliant.

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Protect Lives with Smoke Alarm Installation Queensland

Ensuring your property meets Queensland’s updated Smoke Alarm laws will help protect the lives of your loved ones.

If your home does not comply with state regulations, you’re not only putting occupants at risk, you may also find that your insurance won’t cover the cost of any losses incurred in a fire.

Household fires are most often caused by electrical faults, open flames and appliances. Most fatal fires happen at night when the family is asleep. Fires happen quickly and the toxic fumes can quickly overcome the sleeping residents in a home. A compliant Smoke Alarm installation will alert you to the hazard before your life is endangered, keeping you and your family safe.

A professional Smoke Alarm installation, compliantly installed can reduce damage, financial loss and save lives.

Photoelectric Smoke Alarm Installation

Photoelectric smoke detectors use a light source to see smoke. They aim an angled light past the sensor into a sensing chamber. If the smoke penetrates the sensing chamber, the light reflects onto the light sensor, activating the alarm. Household fires often smoulder and cause dense smoke when soft furnishings start to burn. A photoelectric smoke alarm is very effective at sensing this type of smoke-producing fire.

In Queensland, photoelectric smoke detectors are required by law.

diagram showing photoelectric smoke detectors vs old ionisation detectors
diagram showing photoelectric smoke detectors vs old ionisation detectors

Smoke detectors fall into two categories.

  Photoelectric smoke detectors
  Ionisation smoke detectors

You can find out what type of smoke detectors you have in your home by removing them from the ceiling and checking the back of the detector. An “I” will typically identify an ionisation smoke detector and a “P” a photoelectric one.

 

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Ionisation smoke detectors don’t comply with regulations. Photoelectric detectors are government compliant because they quickly detect the presence of smoke. A date stamp will also be present on the back of the detector – all Smoke Alarms older than 10 years are not compliant and must be replaced.

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Smoke Alarm Life Expectancy

Your Smoke Alarm installation in Queensland must comply with the Australian Standard AS 3786:2014. You may not use smoke detectors that were manufactured more than 10 years ago. All smoke detectors have dates on the back. You must have them replaced when they are ten years old. Faulty detectors must be replaced immediately. Wired in replacement smoke detectors must have back-up batteries.

Smoke detectors will become less sensitive after 10 years of use. The test button does not confirm that the smoke detector works. It confirms only that the electronics and alert system works.

For assistance with your Smoke Alarms, contact us at Accredited Power and we’ll arrange for one of our Licensed Electricians to come to your property. Our Electricians are trained in safe and compliant Smoke Alarm installation for Queensland homes and commercial premises.

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Optional Smoke Alarm Controller

To be fixed to any easy access and convenient wall within your home the Emerald Smoke Alarm Controller provides an effortless method of testing, silencing and locating triggered Smoke Alarms without the need to reach up to the alarms on the ceiling.

All our Smoke Alarms are:
✓ Photoelectric  ✓ Compliant with AS 3786:2014  ✓ Contain a 10 year battery

Is your home compliant with State Regulations?

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Smoke Alarms are to be installed in all homes (South Australia – Homes built since 1st January 1995 must have 240V mains powered smoke alarms fitted. All other homes must have a battery).

Smoke Alarms older than 10 years must be replaced.

Smoke Alarms must meet the requirements of AS 3786:2014.

Smoke alarms should be located between each area containing bedrooms and the remainder of the dwelling.

Smoke Alarms must contain a battery (Queensland – Require 10 year non replaceable battery. South Australia – Homes built since 1st January 1995 must have 240V mains powered smoke alarms fitted. All other homes must have battery powered smoke alarms).

Smoke Alarms must be interconnected, where if one alarm goes off, they all go off (Queensland – Current law for new buildings, by 1st January 2022 for premises sold and by 1st January 2027 for all existing buildings. South Australia – from 1st May 2014, all new homes (or homes undergoing extensions) must have interconnected smoke alarms fitted).

Smoke Alarms must be installed on each floor, in each bedroom, and each hallway connecting bedrooms to the rest of the home (Queensland – Current law for new buildings, by 1st January 2022 for premises sold and by 1st January 2027 for all existing buildings. Victoria – CFA recommends that smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom and living area).

Smoke Alarms must be installed on each floor of your home.

240V hardwired with a lithium battery back-up,
photoelectric, interconnected Smoke Alarm.
Model # EP-240-10

$98

$98

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$98

$98

10 year lithium battery powered, photoelectric,
interconnected Smoke Alarm.
Model # EP-RANG-RF-10

$98

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$98

$98

240V hardwired with a lithium battery back-up,
photoelectric Smoke Alarm.
Model # EP-240-10

1YR battery powered smoke alarm

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$98

$98

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10 year lithium battery powered, photoelectric,
stand-alone Smoke Alarm.
Model # EP-10

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$98

$98

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Optional – Smoke Alarm Controller

 $49

Electrician Compliance Fee

 $33

$33

$33

$33

$33

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benefits of our smoke alarms

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  • 03 7065 2222

Queensland

  • 07 2113 3300

New South Wales

  • 02 9051 0788

South Australia

  • 1300 066 334

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