Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation Update

From 1st January 2017 updated smoke alarm legislation was introduced that aims to ensure Queensland households are the safest in Australia in terms of fire safety.  This change in legislation will be implemented in three stages over the next 10 years & dictates that all Queensland dwellings must have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms, in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling & on each level.

What are the requirements by law?

This change in legislation requires all smoke alarms that are due to be upgraded:

  • be photoelectric and comply with Australian Standard 3786-2014
  • not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
  • be less than 10 years old; and
  • operate when tested; and
  • be interconnected with every other ‘required’ smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

Existing domestic dwellings are permitted a combination of smoke alarms (240v and battery operated) and interconnectivity can be both wired and wireless. Click here for more information about current Queensland smoke alarm legislation.

How does this affect you?

The Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (QFES) have encouraged budget accommodation landlords & operators to familiarise themselves with the recent changes & to ensure their facilities meet current legislation.  To ensure budget accommodation providers make fire safety a priority, QFES conducts routine inspections of budget accommodation across Queensland to confirm compliant fire safety protocols are in place. A Queensland woman who operated a backpacker facility in Gatton was recently fined $50,000 & narrowly avoided jail time due as a result of failure to resolve fire safety legislation breaches identified by QFES.  See full article here.  

Hive works with a number of fire safety contractor’s who are expects in ensuring budget & multiple occupancy rooming accommodation properties are compliant & meet all legislative requirements. If you would like further information or have specific questions about how the current legislation affects your property please contact us on 1300 882 326.

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