Australia’s firefighting agency (NSW) records at least 4500 cases of residential fires every year. The risk of death in such home fires increases two-fold if you don’t have a working smoke alarm system. This trend in fires may have influenced the enactment of the new Smoke alarm legislation in QLD.

An understanding of these legal changes is essential for residential property owners and electrical services providers in Brisbane. Here are some insights on the New QLD smoke alarm legislation that affects all residential dwellings in Queensland.

What’s The New Smoke Alarm Legislation?

QLD’s new smoke alarm legislation is a set of legal stipulations aimed at enhancing residential property safety. More specifically, the law is designed to create better emergency preparedness against the risk of fire for households in Queensland. All affected properties in Queensland must have complied with these regulations by 1st January 2022.

The Scope of the Law

If you have a stake in the property market in Brisbane and other neighbouring suburbs, this news should interest you. The legislation targets the rental property market as the first centre of interest during the initial implementation phase. Residential houses stand the most significant risk of fires given the nature of tenancy.

If you intend to build a new house or renovate an existing home, you must also comply with these laws. The law came into effect on 1st January 2022 for residential properties. For homeowners who own one or multiple units, the due date is 1st January 2027. Every property in Queensland must therefore have a smoke alarm system installed at the latest 1st January 2027.

What is the Nitty-gritty of the Legislation?

The devil in any new law is always in the details. You must scrutinize the new QLD smoke alarm laws in-depth to ensure that your interpretation matches the legislation’s spirit and letter. If you are interested in the rental market in QLD, these pointers will help you make better decisions.

  • All bedrooms should have smoke alarm fittings.
  • Every residential building with a hallway connecting bedrooms must have had a smoke alarm installed on or before 1st January 2022.
  • In cases where there are no hallways, it’s mandatory to fit a smoke alarm detector between the bedroom and other parts of the story building.
  • Where the dwelling doesn’t have a hallway or the bedrooms aren’t on a story, you should install a smoke detector in the most likely exit path.
  • You should also install smoke detectors in any garage attached to the main dwelling.
  • If a space formerly used as a garage has since become a living space, then installing smoke alarm systems would also be mandatory.

The law further provides specific regulations on the specs and functionality of the smoke alarm systems. The stipulations include;

  • All smoke alarm installation must be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014).
  • The smoke alarm systems must also not contain an ionization sensor.
  • Every smoke alarm system installed must also be hardwired to the central power supply systems. A secondary power source, preferably a battery, must also be in place.
  • All the smoke alarm systems must also be active simultaneously. All the Redlands smoke alarm installations should have an interconnection to ensure seamless functionality.

Comply Early to Avoid Legal Implications

The law is a double-edged sword! It can work in your favour or become a real pain when contravened. If you live in Brisbane or the neighbouring suburbs and own residential dwellings, the new smoke alarm legislation is a law you can’t ignore. You might need a seasoned installing company to ensure the smoke alarm detector’s effectiveness.

The good news is that we at Southside Air Conditioning & Electrical have the capacity and the workforce to handle all your smoke detector installation needs.

If you are building new residential dwellings or intending to undertake renovations in line with the new laws, contact one of our friendly team members at Southside Air Conditioning & Electrical today.