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Since 1 January 2017 legislation has specified the type, positioning, and interconnectedness of smoke alarms for Queensland homes. Photoelectric smoke alarms see smoke and will alert you early, so you can escape. Interconnected alarms will alert you no matter where you are, or where the fire starts.
The legislation includes:
- Existing smoke alarms that were manufactured more than ten years ago are to be replaced with a photoelectric interconnected smoke alarm (AS 3786-2014 compliant).
- When replacing smoke alarms, they must be replaced with a photoelectric interconnected smoke alarm (AS 3786-2014 compliant).
- New dwellings must install photoelectric interconnected smoke alarm (AS 3786-2014 compliant).
- Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey of the building including:
- in each bedroom;
- in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling;
- 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.
All smoke alarms must be either hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery.
Visit the Qld Fire and Emergency Services website for a comprehensive description of the new legislation and your responsibilities.