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Under Legislation it is stated by QFES that all properties are to be fitted with photoelectric type smoke alarms. Photoelectric Smoke Alarms give earlier warning than all other types of alarms. They detect the smoke before the flame.

By Legislation it is stated by QFES that all bedrooms and main areas within a property need to have a photoelectric smoke alarm installed. Should your property be a multiple level property, a smoke alarm needs to be installed on every level.

Inter-connecting the smoke alarms enables the Smoke Alarms to communicate with each other. This is implemented upon installation either wireless or hardwired. In case of a fire, this will allow all devices to sound simultaneously upon smoke detection. This ensures that all occupants are alerted throughout the property.

These alarms work using a photoelectric sensor and a light source. As smoke enters the chamber and crosses the path of the light beam, light is scattered by the smoke particles, aiming it toward the sensor, which in turn triggers the alarm.

Smoke Alarms are tested annually.

Yes, every Smoke Alarm has a life expectancy of no more than 10 Years under normal conditions of use. Should you find that your Smoke Alarms are out of date, it is important you stay protected and arrange for new ones to be installed without delay.

Your detector is beeping, this may indicate that your battery within the detector is low of charge and requires replacement.

Check out your obligations for each classification: Residents Landlords Real Estates

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.
If they are replaced they must be replaced with AS3786-2014 compliant photoelectric smoke alarms and powered by what is currently there (i.e. if they are powered by 240-volt they must be replaced with 240-volt smoke detectors, otherwise they can be powered by 10 year non-removable batteries)

From 1 Jan 2027, all smoke alarms are required to be interconnected and installed in the following locations:
– On each storey
– In each bedroom
– In hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
– If there is no hallway, between the bedroom and other parts of the storey; and
– If there are no bedrooms on a story, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

From Jan 1 2022, All homes or units being sold will require hardwired photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms.

– Smoke alarms in the dwelling must:
– be photoelectric (AS3786-2014); and
– not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
– be hardwired to the mains power supply, if currently hardwired. Otherwise, smoke alarms can be either hardwired or powered by a non removable 10 year battery or a combination of both.
– be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

The new legislation requires smoke alarms to be installed in the following locations
– On each storey
– In each bedroom
– In hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
– If there is no hallway, between the bedroom and other parts of the storey; and
– If there are no bedrooms on a story, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

From 1 January 2017 for all new and substantially renovated homes

From 1 January 2022 for dwellings being leased, re-leased or sold.

From 1 January 2027 for all other dwellings.

The smoke alarms installed after these dates will be required to be powered by either hard-wired 240-volt or 10-year non-removable 10 year battery and be interconnected by either wired or wirelessly to all other required smoke alarms in the dwelling. All smoke alarms that are required by legislation must be AS3786–2014 compliant smoke alarms.

As part of a building approval process, requiring a Building Certifier, all new homes and renovations should have the required smoke alarms installed and a form 16 supplied by your electrician.

A wireless smoke alarm uses wireless radio frequency (RF) transmissions to interconnect up to 40 smoke alarms depending on the model. It enables smoke alarms to be connected to each other without the need for cabling between the alarms.

At the time of installation these smoke alarms wirelessly connect to each other, much the same way as you would ‘pair’ Bluetooth devices.

All new constructions and major renovations require hardwired 240-volt smoke alarms.

An existing dwelling with 240-volt smoke alarms must replace them when required with 240-volt photoelectric type smoke alarms.

An existing dwelling with battery operated smoke alarms may replace them when required with battery operated photoelectric type smoke alarms that meet the Australian Standard 3786–2014.

From 1 January 2022 for dwellings being leased/released or sold, or 1 January 2027 for all other dwellings, all battery operated smoke alarms must be 10-year non-removable battery smoke alarms.

The new legislation requires smoke alarms to be installed in the following locations if you are building or doing a substantial renovation, or if a landlord replacing smoke alarms in there rental property. As of Jan 1 2022 this will also apply to those selling/buying property and all rental properties:

– On each storey
– In each bedroom
– In hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
– If there is no hallway, between the bedroom and other parts of the storey; and
– If there are no bedrooms on a story, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

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