New Smoke Alarm Legislation For Queensland Homes

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There is no denying that smoke alarms save lives. Various reports have shown that homes with smoke alarms significantly reduce the risk of death, as it gives occupants limited yet valuable time to get to safety. 

The Australian Government has recognised the key role smoke alarms play in the safety of a home and its occupants. As such, new smoke alarm legislation means all homes must install interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in every bedroom, in hallways, and on every level.

In this post, we will discuss the importance of smoke alarms and what this new legislation means for Queensland and Sunshine Coast homeowners. 

Be Prepared

The Smoke Alarm Association of Australia has confirmed that the deadline for installing and upgrading smoke alarms in Sunshine Coast and Queensland rental properties is 1 January 2022. Landlords and homeowners are urged to have these upgrades installed. This is not only to ensure that they are compliant but also to ensure the safety of their tenants and property.

What does this mean for landlords?

Understanding smoke alarm safety and upcoming changes for Queensland households are imperative.  The new legislation means that all homes should have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms.

Many homeowners believe that installing smoke alarms is a one time task. However, they constantly draw power from their batteries and are exposed to dust and debris. This wear and tear can affect the smoke alarm’s ability to effectively detect smoke and fires. 

As such, Queensland homeowners must ensure that their smoke alarms are tested and fully functioning. Where necessary alarm batteries must be replaced and old alarms be removed and new ones installed. Additionally, homeowners must ensure that smoke alarms are installed in every bedroom, hallway, and on every level. 

For homeowners, this seems like a daunting task. By enlisting the services of professional smoke alarm testers and technicians, homeowners can rest assured that they are compliant.

What does this mean for renters?

While this new legislation applies to homeowners, tenants also hold various responsibilities when it comes to smoke alarm compliance and maintenance.

As explained above, smoke alarms are subject to dust and debris. As such, tenants must clean (vacuum and dust) regularly. Similarly, they must replace any flat or nearly flat batteries and allow the property owner/manager right of entry to install smoke alarms.

Tenants must not do anything that will reduce the efficacy of the alarms, such as remove them, their batteries or paint over it.

What are Photoelectric Smoke Alarms?

Smoke alarms are classified into two main types: optical and ionisation. Optical alarms, which include photoelectric smoke alarms. Photoelectric smoke alarms are one of the most popular types of smoke alarms as they are more effective in detecting smouldering fires. 

These alarms work by using a sensor and a concentrated light source to shine a straight, undetectable beam of light that is scattered when in the presence of smoke particles. This scattered light is detected by the photosensor and the smoke alarm begins to sound.

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