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New smoke alarm legislation to affect Queensland home-owners

Do you own a property in Queensland? New legislation has been passed by the Queensland parliament that mandates the installation of photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms and in hallways where bedrooms are connected. The legislation will be phased in over a ten year period, starting on January 1, 2017 .

Interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms will be required for compliance:

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

The new legislation also requires that all smoke alarms are interconnected, increasing the chance of survival. Additionally, any new smoke alarm fitted from January 1, must be a photoelectric alarm which complies with the Australian Standard 3786.

The leglisation was formed as part of the Government’s response to a coroner’s report into ‘Australia’s worst house fire’ in Brisbane in 2011. The fire killed eleven people, including eight children, and although the house was fitted with two smoke alarms – neither of them had worked for many years.

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