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Smoke alarms save lives. Reports have found that the risk of death in a house fire is reduced by more than half if properly maintained smoke alarms are installed.

Understanding current legislation in Queensland

As of January 2017 the following legislation now applies to all existing dwellings in Queensland:

  • Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms which comply with Australian Standards (AS) 3786-2014. (Note: the date should be stamped on the back)
  • 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 photoelectric smoke alarm

What’s required by law?

 When it is time for your property’s alarms to be upgraded, those alarms must:

      • be photoelectric and comply with Australian Standard 3786-2014
      • not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
      • be less than 10 years old; and
      • operate when tested; and
      • be interconnected with every other ‘required’ smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

Any existing smoke alarm being replaced from 1 January 2017 must be a photoelectric-type alarm which complies with Australian Standard 3786-2014.

If a smoke alarm which is hardwired to the domestic power supply needs replacement, it must be replaced with a hardwired photoelectric smoke alarm.

In existing domestic dwellings, it is possible to have a combination of smoke alarms (240v and battery operated) and interconnectivity can be both wired and/or wireless.

What to buy?

Smoke alarms must comply with the Standard AS 3786-2014. The body of the alarm must be marked with AS3786-2014.

What to avoid?

Smoke alarms with this symbol are not photoelectric. 

Exactly where should they be replaced?

Where practicable smoke alarms must be placed on the ceiling.

Smoke alarms must not be placed within:

  • 300mm of a corner of a ceiling and a wall
  • 300mm of a light fitting
  • 400mm of an air-conditioning vent
  • 400mm of the blades of a ceiling fan.

There are special requirements for stairways, sloping ceilings, and ceilings with exposed beams.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website has more information.

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Our team is fully across the Queensland smoke alarm legislation and can help get your house up to date and most importantly, safe.

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