Don’t risk it!
Landlords and agents are required to have working smoke alarms installed and maintained to BCA and Australian standards. Failure to protect the safety of your tenants and investment property with a working and regularly maintained smoke alarm may result in the dismissal of an insurance claim for damage, loss of life or personal injury, or even a $500 penalty for simply failing to comply.
When do the new laws commence?
•From January 1, 2017, every new or significantly renovated Queensland residence will need to be fitted with photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms.
•Any smoke alarm being replaced after January 1, 2017 must be a photoelectric smoke alarm.
•All houses built before 2017 which are leased or sold, has until January 2022 to comply with the new regulations.
•All owner-occupied private dwellings will need to comply with the legislation within 10 years (January, 2027)
What kind of Smoke Alarms are required?
•240V mains powered interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms or
•Photoelectric smoke alarms that are powered by a sealed 10-year battery and interconnected between each alarm.
Do they have to be Hard Wired (240V)?
No, as long as the alarms are interconnected. When one alarm goes off all the other alarms are triggered to go off at the same time alerting all tenants of any danger.
Can I use my alarms that are already installed?
Sometimes, is the simple answer. Alarms need to be interconnected, not all alarms are capable to “talk” to each other. Most 240V alarms can be adapted to be utilised but 9V alarms are not. Each residence will need to be assessed on a case by case basis to determine the best (and cheapest) option for the landlord.
Where must the alarms be?
Smoke alarms are required to be located on each level;
•in every bedroom;
•in hallways, which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling;
•if there are no bedrooms on a level, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the path of exit to the dwelling.
For more info please refer to this document from the Queensland Fire & Emergency Services: QFES Information Sheet – New Smoke Alarm Legislation
Deadline For New Smoke Alarms Laws
Please note that by removing weekends from this date you will actually reduce the time frame on this clock by approximately one third.