Everything You Need to Know About Queensland’s New Smoke Alarm Laws

A properly functioning smoke alarm can be the difference between life and death. When it comes to protecting yourself and your family, taking risks with safety is just not worth it. Recently in Queensland, the laws surrounding smoke alarms have changed for home owners. At Chalk Electrical we have done our research to bring you the basics of what you need to know to make sure your property complies with the new legislation.

From 1st January, 2017:

  • Existing smoke alarms that are more than 10 years must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms
  • All smoke alarm replacements or installations are to be photoelectric smoke alarms only
  • Smoke alarms should be hard wired and interconnected
  • Smoke alarms must be installed in all bedrooms and interconnecting hallways
  • Properties for sale or lease will need photoelectric smoke alarms installed by January 1st, 2022. This is the responsibility of the home owner.

What are Photoelectric Smoke Alarms?

Photoelectric, also known as photo-optical, smoke alarms detect the visible particles of combustion. This means that for smoldering fires, they are extremely responsive to detecting smoke. Many houses are currently fitted with ionisation smoke alarms, which have been shown to be significantly slower in detecting smoldering fires. Photoelectric alarms are also less likely to be triggered by false alarms (e.g. set off when cooking).

What are interconnecting smoke alarms?

Having your smoke alarms interconnected means that when one sounds, they all sound. For example, smoke being detected in one part of the house will activate alarms in all parts of the house. This means that you can have peace of mind that your family is protected in all parts of your house.

Source: https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au

Not sure if your home is up to standard? Call us to schedule a Home Smoke Alarm Safety Check and rest easy knowing that you and your family are protected.