Smoke AlarmsLocal, South East Queensland Electricians
We can help you get your place up to date as per the new regulations. While some of the new regulations wont be enforced for a while yet, we highly recommend that it is considered now!
They have changed the regulations for the safety of your family from the risk of fire and can you really be too safe when it comes to your loved ones and all your possessions.
What am I required to have in my home now in terms of smoke alarms?
All existing dwellings, at a minimum, are required to have a smoke alarm:
- in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or
- if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; and
- 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.
Dwellings constructed after 1997 are required to have 240 volt hard wired smoke alarms, all others may be battery operated.
Dwellings constructed after 2014 are required to have their smoke alarms interconnected to each other.
Do I have to change anything now?
Yes, if your smoke alarms are old or not working. From 1 January 2017 for all existing dwellings…
- If the smoke alarms are older than 10-years or if they fail to operate when tested they must be replaced.
- If they are replaced they must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms and powered by what is currently there (i.e. if they are powered by 240-volt they must be replaced with 240-volt smoke detectors, otherwise battery operated photoelectric are fine).
- All smoke alarms that are required by legislation, when necessary, must be replaced with Australian Standard 3786–2014 compliant smoke alarms.