Are you aware that the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services amended the Domestic Smoke Alarms Act in 2016?
Make sure you are across the new rules and regulations.
- From 1 January 2017, when replacing smoke alarms, they must comply with the new standards
- From 1 January 2027, all dwellings must have compliant smoke alarms
For dwellings being sold, leased or an existing lease renewed
- From 1 January 2017
- As per existing dwellings, as smoke alarms are replaced, they must comply with the new standards
- Property sellers must lodge a Form 24 with the Queensland Land Registry Office stating the requirements of the smoke alarm legislation have been met
- From 1 January 2022, all dwellings must have compliant smoke alarms
New Dwellings or Substantial Renovations
- From 1 January 2017, all dwellings must have compliant smoke alarms
The new legislation states
Smoke alarms in the dwelling must:
- be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014); and
- not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
- be less than 10 years old; and
- operate when tested; and
- be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.
Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey:
- in each bedroom; and
- in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or
- 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
Rules Around Tenancies
- Within 30 days before the start of a tenancy in a domestic dwelling, the lessor/landlord must test and clean each smoke alarm in the dwelling.
- During a tenancy in a domestic dwelling, the tenant must test and clean each smoke alarm in the dwelling, at least once every 12 months.
Testing & Cleaning Smoke Alarms
- To test a smoke alarm, press the 'test' button. Cleaning should be done according to the manufacturer's instructions, which is usually vacuuming.
- You do not need to be qualified or licenced to clean or test a domestic smoke alarm.
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The above information has been sourced from the Queensland Government. To read up more in relation to the new legislation CLICK HERE.