SMOKE ALARM LAWS

Quickcheck's team of industry professionals stay up to date with all relevant Queensland government legislation, including the Fire and Rescue Services Act, Residential Tenancies Act, Electrical Safety Act, as well as the various Regulations and Australian Standards that apply to these laws.

We understand ensuring your property complies with the ever increasing rules and regulations as well as being responsible for the safety of your tenants can be a complex and daunting task. Additionally, failing to comply with the many rules and regulations can place both property owners and property managers at risk of legal action, personal liability, hefty fines and/or other penalties.

Let us help you ensure your property is compliant on an ongoing basis!  

CURRENT SMOKE ALARM LEGISLATION

Current Queensland legislation requires residential rental property owners to ensure that:

  • the required number of smoke alarms are installed, meet Australian Standards (AS) 3786:1993 and are located correctly,
  • within 30 days prior to the start of each new tenancy, lease renewal or extension, smoke alarms are tested, cleaned and found to be in working order and that each battery that is flat or almost flat, is replaced, and
  • smoke alarms are replaced before they reach the end of their service life or replaced immediately upon discovering that an alarm has ceased to function correctly.

NEW SMOKE ALARM LEGISLATION

The Queensland government's Fire and Emergency Service (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Act 2016, has created further responsibilities for owners of residential rental properties.

FROM JANUARY 2017
  • All replacement smoke alarms must be photoelectric type only, not contain an ionisation sensor and comply with Australian Standards (AS) 3786-2014. 
  • 240 Volt alarms must be replaced with 240 Volt smoke alarms.
  • 9 Volt smoke alarms may still be replaced with 9 Volt smoke alarms, however, 9 Volt smoke alarms that are not wirelessly inter-connectable and that do not contain a sealed battery must be replaced before January 2022.
FROM JANUARY 2022
  • Smoke alarms must be installed in every bedroom, every hallway servicing bedrooms and every storey not containing bedrooms in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.
  • Interconnected to every other smoke alarm in the dwelling.
  • Photoelectric type only.
  • Comply with AS 3786:2014.
  • Powered by an enduring power source (either hard-wired to the building’s electricity supply or contain a sealed battery that is capable of powering the smoke alarm for a minimum of 10 years from the date of manufacture).

It will be illegal to rent or sell a property that does not comply with the new smoke alarm requirements after January 2022!

Due to the large number of properties that will need to be made compliant by January 2022, we recommend that properties are upgraded as soon as possible before smoke alarms expire. More...

Download the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services fact sheet   PDF 

Contact us to arrange a free smoke alarm upgrade quote.