New Dwellings & Dwellings Being Substantially Renovated – Queensland
New smoke alarm laws commenced on 1st 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.
HOW MANY SMOKE ALARMS ARE REQUIRED?
Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey:
In every bedroom
In hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or
If there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; and
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
Where practicable smoke alarms must be placed on the ceiling. Smoke alarms must not be placed:
Within 300mm of a corner of a ceiling and a wall
Within 300mm of a light fitting
Within 400mm of an air-conditioning vent
Within 400mm of the blades of a ceiling fan
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.
What type of smoke alarms are required?
Smoke alarms must be of a photoelectric and must comply with Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014
Smoke alarms must be hardwired to the mains power supply with a secondary power source (i.e. battery)
Smoke alarms must not contain an ionisation sensor
Smoke alarms must be less than 10 years old
All smoke alarms must be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so they all activate together.
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