Landlords of domestic rentals are responsible for ensuring their properties comply with the Smoke Alarm legislation introduced on 1 January 2017. To ensure you don’t get caught out, below is a quick overview of the Smoke Alarm legislation.
Existing smoke alarms
Smoke alarms made more than 10 years ago, and any smoke alarms that do not work when tested, must be replaced immediately with photoelectric smoke alarms that comply with Australian Standard 3786–2014
Installing smoke alarms
Smoke alarms should be:
- installed on all levels of your property and in every bedroom,
- installed in hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the property,
- interconnected within the property,
- installed between the bedrooms if there is no hallway, and
- installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling if that level on your property has no bedroom.
Note: 240-volt smoke alarms connect to a electricity supply and must be connected by a licensed electrician.
The lessor/landlord must test and clean each smoke alarm in the property within 30 days before the start of a domestic tenancy.
To test a smoke alarm, press the ‘test’ button. Cleaning should be done according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
For the latest updates on QLD’s smoke alarm legislation visit the QLD Fire and Emergency Services website.