Legislation: Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms)
Amendment Bill 2016
Available for download at: https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/Bill_Pages/Bill_55_16.htm
He recommended changes to Queensland’s smoke alarm legislation, making two broad recommendations: firstly, that legislative amendments be made to mandate the installation of photoelectric and interconnected smoke alarms in every bedroom, between areas containing bedrooms, in any hallway servicing bedrooms and in any other storey of a residential dwelling. For new residences, the coroner recommended that the smoke alarms be hardwired, while in existing residences, smoke alarms may be hardwired or powered by a 10-year lithium battery. Secondly, he recommended that QFES conduct ongoing awareness campaigns to promote the development of practised escape plans.
Implementation Time Frame:
The changes will commence on January 1 2017. From that time if an existing smoke alarm is damaged, defective or reached the end of its working life and needs to be replaced during the phase-in period, it will need to be replaced by a photoelectric smoke alarm. The remaining requirements – that is smoke alarms in bedrooms, interconnection and certain power sources – will be phased in over time.
How will the phase-in work:
- On 1 January 2017 all smoke alarm installations will need to be fully compliant for new buildings or when significant renovations occur.
- All private dwellings are required to comply with the full new smoke alarm requirements within 10 years from commencement. This reflects the requirements under Australian Standard 3786-2014 for smoke alarms to have a life span of at least 10 years and the recommendation of all Australian fire authorities that smoke alarms be replaced after 10 years.
- Additionally, after five years from commencement all dwellings that are sold or leased will need to comply at the time an accommodation agreement or contract or sale is entered into.
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