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Security Thu Dec 02 2021

Hardwired smoke alarms to all Queensland homes

Queensland government has recently updated the smoke alarm requirements for all Queensland residences to further protect people from fire accidents. The move, prompted by the tragic Slacks Creek house fire which cost the lives of 11 people in 2011, ensure the state's homes are some of the safest in the country.

The new legislation specifies that every Queensland residence will need to be fitted with hardwired and interconnected photoelectric smoke alarm systems . The alarms must be located in all bedrooms and in the hallways of homes.

Why do I need interconnected smoke alarms?

By interconnecting the smoke alarms in your home you're providing the earliest possible warning to everyone in the building that a fire has been detected. Locating the alarms in the bedrooms means even those asleep with the door closed, those listening to loud music or TV, and those in rooms with noisy appliances like air conditioners will be alerted when the alarm sounds.

Why are they recommending photoelectric style alarms?

Photoelectric smoke alarms have been proven to detect fires at the earliest stages giving residents the best chance of survival in a fire situation.

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What do I need to do now?

The government has set a rollout period of 10 years for property owners to install the updated hardwired system. Your relevant deadline within this time frame will vary depending on your situation.

  • All houses being built or significantly renovated will need to comply upon completion after January 1, 2017
  • All houses leased or sold will need to comply after 5 years (by January 1, 2023)
  • All owner occupied private dwellings must comply by January 1, 2027

Hardwired smoke alarms must be installed by a licenced electrician as they are connected to the main power supply of your home. Speak to your electrician for advice on the most effective placement of alarms throughout your home.

For more information on the changes to the Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation take a look at the QFES information sheet .

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