New Smoke Alarm Legislation Deadline Approaches
On 1 January 2017, newly built or significantly renovated homes will need to be compliant with the new legislation, as set out in the Fire & Emergency Service (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Act 2016.
The new legislation provides a higher level of safety than the former legislation in place since 2006. Smoke alarms will need to be installed inside every bedroom of a home (or where a person will sleep). Alarms will need to be powered either a 240 volt or a 10 year lithium battery, and be photoelectric rather than ionisation.
Additionally, all smoke alarms need to be interconnected with one another, so they all sound when smoke is detected rather than just the alarm that is activated first.
THERE’S NO NEED TO PANIC – You do not have to do anything before 1st January 2017! We’ve heard from a number of clients who are concerned that there is a requirement for upgrades and new alarm installs to take place before the end of the year in order to comply, but this is not the case.
Existing owner-occupied homes and rental properties have an additional 10 years and 5 years respectively to comply with the new legislation. Our recommendation is to simply be prepared to consider upgrade proposals from your professional Smoke Alarm Compliance Inspector to obtain compliance across the next 5 years to assist with the budgeting. Our team will bring you more information over the coming months. Please click HERE to view the latest legislation fact sheet from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.