Are you looking at installing a smoke alarm system in your home? Are you wondering if your current smoke alarm system is up to date with current standards? The legislation surrounding smoke alarms in Australia was changed in March 2021, and some of the things that homeowners need to take note of include:
- Smoke alarm batteries and alarms need to be replaced before their expiry dates. Expired smoke alarms and batteries are not valid.
- Any smoke alarms that were manufactured before 2011 need to be replaced. They must be replaced with modern photoelectric smoke alarms to comply with modern needs.
- Landlords should be held responsible when it comes to obligations with the new legislation. When tenants change over, smoke alarms should be cleaned and tested within 30 days before new tenants move in.
- Smoke alarms in Queensland should be photoelectric, with no ionisation sensor, as photoelectric smoke alarms are considered more effective. They also need to be less than 10 years old.
- Hardwired smoke alarms need to have a backup power source (usually a battery), and they need to be hard-wired to your property’s main power supply.
- All smoke alarms on your property/ dwelling need to be interconnected.
- Smoke alarms in rental properties need to be installed on every storey, in every bedroom and in every hallway.
- When installing smoke alarms, they need to be at least 300mm from walls and light fittings and 400mm from air conditioning vents and ceiling fan blades.
Some of these facts may seem rather basic, but each is very important for your safety and the effectiveness of your smoke alarm and should be taken seriously. The easiest way to ensure that you are 100% compliant is to go through a trusted smoke alarm company that can assist you with a comprehensive service. All new smoke alarms should be installed by experienced professionals who understand all the latest legislation.
Do you have any questions about smoke alarm compliance in Queensland? Do you want to ensure that you meet current standards and laws? Get in touch with the smoke alarm experts at Pacific Smoke Alarms today on 1300 355 483.