What does the new smoke alarm legislation say?  

From 1 January 2022, new smoke alarm legislation will be implemented for smoke alarms in all dwellings being sold or leased.  This is particularly important for existing home owners and new buyers to be aware of as we all know smoke alarms save lives!

What are the new requirements? 

A quick snap shot of the new smoke alarm legislation….

  • Smoke alarms must be photoelectric and operate when tested;
  • Must be less than 10 years old;
  • Must not also contain an ionisation sensor;
  • Be hardwired or powered by a battery that is non-removable and has a lifespan of 10 years;
  • Be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so that they are all activated at the same time; and
  • Must be installed in each bedroom on each storey of the house and in hallways which connect bedrooms.

Where should smoke alarms be placed? 

According to the QFES…

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
  • 300mm of a light fitting
  • 400mm of an air-conditioning vent
  • 400mm of the blades of a ceiling fan.

There are special requirements for stairways, sloping ceilings, and ceilings with exposed beams.

Avoid installing smoke alarms in dead air space. This is an area in which trapped hot air will prevent smoke from reaching the alarm. This space generally occurs at the apex of cathedral ceilings, the corner junction of walls and ceilings, and between exposed floor joists.

For further information or clarification, please contact us or Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Download QFES Fact Sheet



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