Smoke Alarm Compliance 2022 – The date is getting closer

Smoke Alarm Compliance 2022 – It’s Your Responsibility

Some Stats

There is currently a whopping 300,000 rental properties leased and vacant in the Brisbane area, there are a diminishing number of working days till 1st January 2022, that’s a high number of dwellings per day that need to be upgraded by 31/12/2021 to meet Smoke Alarm Compliance 2022.

A further 120,000 properties in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, that is 170 per day in those areas that require Smoke Alarm Compliance.

Come 1st of January 2022 if you have not upgraded your properties you are not compliant and property insurance will be void, possible penalties will apply and property management companies can’t manage your property.

This doesn’t give us much time!!!   

Protect your property – Smoke Alarm Compliance 2022

When you sleep, your sense of smell also sleeps. If a fire starts, toxic fumes can overcome you.

Photoelectric smoke alarms see smoke and will alert you early, so you can escape.

With interconnected alarms, you will be alerted no matter where you are, or where the fire starts.

The new legislation specifies the type, positioning, and interconnectedness of alarms, which are critical factors for an early warning and quick escape.

To give your family the best chance of surviving a house fire, QFES recommends updating your smoke alarms to match the new legislation as soon as you can. In the meantime, make sure all your alarms are working and properly maintained.

A well-practised fire escape plan will also ensure a quick escape.

If you require any further information regarding the maintenance or installation of your smoke alarms, please contact QFES directly at www.SmokeAlarms@qfes.qld.gov.au

LEGISLATION

FOR EXISTING DWELLINGS From 1 January 2017

When replacing smoke alarms, they must be of a photoelectric type which complies with Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014.

Replacing smoke alarms

Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than ten years ago must be replaced. (Note: Smoke alarms should have the date of manufacture stamped on them.)

Smoke alarms that do not operate when tested must be replaced immediately.

Existing hardwired smoke alarms that need replacement must be replaced with a hardwired smoke alarm.

From 1 January 2027

Smoke alarms in all dwellings must:

  1. be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014); and
  2. not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
  3. be less than 10 years old; and
  4. operate when tested; and
  5. be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey:

DWELLINGS BEING SOLD, LEASED OR AN EXISTING LEASE IS RENEWED From 1 January 2017

Requirements as for existing dwellings.

Existing landlord’s and tenant’s obligations regarding the installation and testing of smoke alarms continue.

Property sellers must continue to lodge a Form 24 with the Queensland Land Registry Office stating the requirements of the smoke alarm legislation have been met.

From 1 January 2022

Smoke alarms in the dwelling must:

  1. be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014); and
  2. not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
  3. be less than 10 years old; and
  4. operate when tested; and
  5. be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey:

  1. in each bedroom; and
  2. in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or
  3. if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; and
  4. 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.

Smoke alarms must be hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery.

NEW DWELLINGS AND DWELLINGS BEING SUBSTANTIALLY RENOVATED From 1 January 2017

The development approval process for new dwellings and substantial renovations will ensure that building approvals received on or after this date will bring dwellings into compliance with the new laws.

Smoke alarms in the dwelling must:

  1. be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014); and
  2. not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
  3. be hardwired to the mains power supply with a secondary power source (i.e. battery); and
  4. be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey:

  1. in each bedroom; and
  2. in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or
  3. if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; and
  4. 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.

Prescribed locations for installing smoke alarms

Where practicable smoke alarms must be placed on the ceiling. Smoke alarms must not be placed:

  1. within 300mm of a corner of a ceiling and a wall;
  2. within 300mm of a light fitting;
  3. within 400mm of an air-conditioning vent;
  4. within 400mm of the blades of a ceiling fan.

There are special requirements for stairways, sloping ceilings, and ceilings with exposed beams. Specific requirements will be explained in the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008.

If impractical for the prescribed location requirements to be met (e.g. may be affected by steam from shower or fumes from cooking), the owner may put the alarm at another location that will provide a warning to occupants of the dwelling.

Sources

Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990

Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008

Building Regulation 2006

National Construction Code 2016

Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014

1300 Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms Australia
https://www.smokealarmsaustralia.com.au/qld-2022-new-smoke-alarm-legisla…

Queensland Fire

https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/community-safety/smokealarms/Pages/default.aspx

You may have as little as 15 seconds to escape.

Most fatal fires are preventable. Take precautions to protect yourself, your family, 
and your home by creating a fire escape plan. Have Smoke Alarm Compliance 2022 

https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/fireescape/escape.html

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