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New Smoke Alarm Legislation


Do you know that according to new smoke alarm legislation,  from 1 January 2017, when replacing smoke alarms, they must be of a photoelectric type which complies with Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014?

From 1 January 2017:

Replacing smoke alarms:

  • Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 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.

From 1 January 2027:

Smoke alarms in all dwellings must:

  1. be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014); and
  2. not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
  3. be less than 10 years old; and
  4. 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:

  1. in each bedroom; and
  2. in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or
  3. if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and the other parts of the storey; and
  4. 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 either hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery.

For further information visit https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/community-safety/smokealarms/Documents/New-Smoke-Alarm-Legislation.pdf

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