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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.

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