Smoke Alarms in Your Home

It goes without saying that time is of the essence if there is a fire in your home. Old ionisation smoke alarms can be slow to react, and may not give you or your loved ones enough time to escape your home in the case of a fire.

In 2017 Queensland’s new smoke alarm legislation came into effect. The legislation specifies that all Queensland residential dwellings are required to have interconnected photo electric smoke alarms in all bedrooms, in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling and on every level.

The 10 year roll out of the interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in Queensland will be phased. To ensure that you comply with the legislation please see the below dates for each phase:

From 1st January 2017: in all new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings (this applies to building applications submitted from 1st January 2017).
From 1st January 2022: in all domestic dwellings leased & sold
From 1st January 2027: in all other domestic dwellings.

In the case of a body corporate each unit owner is responsible for ensuring that their unit complies with this legislation.

Additional information can be found on the Queensland Fire & Emergency Services website:

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