Smoke Alarm for Sold or Leased Properties as per QLD Legislation with effect from 1st Jan. 2022

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A Guide on Smoke Alarms for Sold or Leased Properties as per QLD Legislation

From 1 January 2017

Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms which comply with Australian Standards (AS) 3786-2014. (Note: the date should be stamped on the back)

Smoke alarms that do not operate when tested must be replaced immediately.

Existing hardwired smoke alarms that need replacement, must be replaced with a hardwired photoelectric smoke alarm.

From 1 January 2022

The legislation requires smoke alarms must be installed in the following locations:

All homes or units being sold or leased, or existing leases renewed, will require hardwired photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms. Non-removable 10-year battery smoke alarms can be installed in place.

Smoke Alarm in the dwelling must

  • be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

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As Required by Law for Smoke Alarm in Qld

When it is time for your property’s alarms to be upgraded, those alarms must:

Any existing smoke alarm being replaced from 1 January 2017 must be a photoelectric-type alarm which complies with Australian Standard 3786-2014.

Smoke alarms must comply with the Standard AS 3786-2014. The body of the alarm must be marked with AS3786-2014.

Where should the Smoke Alarm be placed?

Where practicable smoke alarms must be placed on the ceiling.

Smoke alarms must not be placed within:

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.