QLD introduces Photoelectric Smoke Alarm Legislation
Posted on : Thursday, 1 September 2016
Queensland homes will be required to be fitted with photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms in all bedrooms, as well as hallways as part of legislation passed in parliament.
Here are the basics
- All houses being built or significantly renovated will need to comply with the smoke alarm legislation upon completion after January 1, 2017
- All houses leased or sold will need to meet compliance after 5 years .
- owner-occupied private dwellings will need to comply with the legislation within 10 years.
- Any smoke alarm being replaced after January 1, 2017 must be a photoelectric alarm.
- The legislation specifies that every Queensland residence will need to be fitted with photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms in all bedrooms, as well as hallways of residences.
- Hard-wired, interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms will require a qualified electrician to conduct the installation and ensure the alarms are working as they should be.
- There is an option to install photoelectric alarms with a 10-year lithium battery that have the capability to achieve interconnections wirelessly between alarms. This option may be more suitable for buildings that cannot be wired.