Since the 1st of July 2007 smoke alarms have been mandatory for all houses & units in Queensland & are required on every level of the building. In all new dwellings, smoke alarms must be mains powered with a battery backup.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services recommends:
- All residential accommodation be fitted with photoelectric type smoke alarms.
- Smoke alarms either hard-wired or powered by a 10-year lithium battery.
- Smoke alarms located – on each level of living space. Outside each bedroom and in every bedroom.
- All smoke alarms should be interconnected
- Every home should have a practised escape plan.
- All smoke alarms be replaced after 10 years of manufacture date.
- Test and clean your smoke alarms monthly.
Standard Building Regulation 1993 Requires all homes built since July 1997 to have hard wired smoke alarms in them to meet the Australian Standard 3786.
The Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms Act 2016) requires all buildings that have applied for approval since the 1st January 2017, or where a substantial renovation is taking place, require the new photoelectric smoke alarms to be installed.
Substantial works means 50% of the dwelling is to be renovated, and when replacing smoke alarms they must comply with AS 3786, be hard wired and interconnected.
Smoke alarms over 10 years old shall be replaced with a hard wired system.
From the first of January 2022, dwellings that are sold, or when new tenancy, or renewed leases occur, must comply.
From the first of January 2027, interconnection and durable power sources must apply in existing dwellings, and all class 1a, or a sole occupancy unit of a class 2 building must comply.