Deadline draws near for new smoke alarm requirements

Thursday, 19 November, 2020

Deadline draws near for new smoke alarm requirements

Requirements in Queensland for hardwired interconnected smoke alarms in residential settings are broadening from 2022.

Since January 2017 it has been mandatory to include interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms for new home builds and substantial renovations in Queensland.

From 1 January 2022, all homes being sold, being leased or having their lease renewed must have hardwired photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, in connecting hallways and on each storey. From 1 January 2027, this requirement will apply to all homes.

WorkSafe Queensland advises that there is likely to be a spike in demand for electric contractors to install and upgrade ionisation smoke alarms to photoelectric versions as the deadline draws nearer.

Electrical contractors are being urged to familiarlise themselves with obligations by visiting the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) smoke alarms information here.

Additionally, questions specific to the legislation can be lodged via email with QFES using the following address:

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