Smoke Alarm

Leasing, Selling, Renovating? Smoke Alarm Legislation That May Impact You

Smoke alarms save lives! Did you know that there have been some updates to the legislation around the installation and upgrading of smoke alarms in all dwellings in Australia?

Read on to find out about the updates that pertain to anyone leasing or selling a property, or if you are planning to do some renovations. You may have to call in professional smoke alarm services to ensure you comply.

The Latest Legislation

Regulations in place as of January 1, 2022, include the following regarding smoke alarms:

  • Must be photoelectric (the most reliable kind that uses a light beam to detect the presence of smoke).
  • Must not contain an ionisation sensor (this type has a small quantity of radioactive material).
  • Must not be over 10 years old and must work correctly when tested.
  • All alarms in the dwelling must be interconnected to activate when any of
    them activates.
  • All alarm components must be connected directly to the power supply of the dwelling or be powered by a 10 year lithium battery (or a combination of both).

Installation of smoke alarms must follow these guidelines for all floors of the dwelling:

  • One device in each bedroom.
  • One device in each hallway or room that connects the bedrooms to the other parts of the building.
  • Any storey that does not have bedrooms, has at least one alarm on the pathway to the exit.

Some Important Indoor Fire Safety Tips

While smoke alarms are crucial for fire safety in your home, the old saying prevention is better than cure is also true. Here are some essential fire safety tips for every home:

  • Regularly check the condition of heating sources in your home, like heat pumps and air conditioners.
  • Don’t leave your kitchen unattended while cooking.
  • Safely store any flammable substances and out of reach of children.
  • Ensure safe practices when using open flames like a fireplace or barbie.
  • Have fire extinguishers serviced annually, and keep them in a handy place along with your fire blankets.
  • Practice your fire safety plan regularly so everyone knows what to do in an emergency.

Contact Electrical Contracting QLD today for any questions about the latest updates in legislation. Our qualified team will have all the answers, be able to assess and upgrade your smoke alarm system and provide safety certification for all smoke alarm services carried out.

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