NEW SMOKE ALARM LAWS
New smoke alarm laws were introduced in Queensland this year for all new and existing homes, townhouses and units.
The changes mean people cannot install smoke alarms with an ionisation sensor or a combination photoelectric — ionisation sensor in their home. Photoelectric smoke alarms complying with Australian Standard AS3786 — 2014 are the only smoke alarms allowed.
Master Builders manager building services Tony Mitchell said the new laws required that smoke alarms replaced in an existing dwelling must be photoelectric.
“For all new building approvals, photoelectric smoke alarms must be installed and interconnected so all alarms will sound if one alarm sounds,” he said.
“Each smoke alarm must be hardwired to the mains power supply and include a secondary power source battery within the smoke alarm unit.
“The smoke alarms must be installed in all bedrooms, in every hallway that connects bedrooms to the rest of the dwelling, or if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the same floor level, and on every other storey of the dwelling in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.”
From January 1, 2022 owners of dwellings that are sold, leased or when an existing lease is renewed, must have photoelectric smoke alarms installed as if they were a new residence.
Those homeowners who reside in a private dwelling will only need to fully comply with the new smoke alarm laws as per a new dwelling at the 10 year transitional end date being January 1, 2027.
Where an existing dwelling cannot access electrical power to the required locations, the smoke alarms may be powered by a nonremovable 10-year battery.
Interconnection of the smoke alarms for sounding purposes can be achieved by using a wired or wireless connection.