Smoke Alarms
After the 2011 house fire in Slacks Creek which took 11 lives, new smoke alarm legislation was introduced in Queensland. The new legislation requires that all homes have photoelectric type smoke alarms that are installed
  • in each bedroom,
  • on each storey (for multi level homes),
  • in hallways connecting bedrooms to the rest of the house,
  • if there is no hallway then between the bedroom and the other parts of the storey,
  • if there are no bedrooms on the storey at least one alarm must be installed on the path of the most likely exit to the building.
These smoke alarms must also be interconnected and hardwired. If hardwired smoke alarms are not possible then an alarm with a 10 year non-removable battery must be installed.
This legislation applies to homes in different ways. To comply, interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are required:
  • from January 1 2017: In all new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings (this applies to building applications submitted from 1 January 2017).
  • from 1 January 2022: in all domestic dwellings leased and sold.
  • from 1 January 2027: in all other domestic dwellings.
To give your family the best chance of surviving a house fire, Queensland Fire Eemergency Services recommends updating your smoke alarms to match the new legislation as soon as you can.

In addition to this, smoke alarms have a 10 year life span. If your alarms are more than 10 years old you are required to replace them with photoelectric alarms that meet Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014.

At Prompt Power we are highly experienced in the installation of compliant smoke alarms, even in situations where wired interconnected alarms aren’t possible. Give us a call today if you have any questions or to schedule a free smoke alarm inspection and quote to ensure you and your family are safe.