Smoke Alarm Changes Looming!

Just a reminder that the Queensland Government changes regarding the rules for smoke alarms for both tenanted and owner-occupied properties come into effect from January 1, 2022.

From January 1, 2022, at the commencement of a new lease or at the time of a renewal, installed alarm units MUST meet the requirements of the updated smoke alarm legislation; the alarms must be to Australian Standard 3786-2014, and units aged 10 years and older must be replaced with a compliant alarm.

These alarms must be installed in every bedroom, in hallways that connect to bedrooms, and the rest of the home or in spaces between bedrooms if there isn’t a hallway; on floors where there are no bedrooms, there must be at least one smoke alarm installed.

The alarms must be hard-wired or wireless alarms powered by a non-removable 10-year lithium battery or combination of both, and they have to be interlinked, so if one goes off, they all go off.

For owner-occupied properties, owners have until January 01, 2027, to make their home compliant; however, if you are selling your property, from January 01, 2022, the property must be compliant prior to settlement of the sales contract.

If you have a rental property or you are thinking of selling – we highly recommend you consult with an electrician ASAP to ensure you are compliant. It is not just about avoiding the financial penalties, but more importantly if it about saving lives.

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