If you are installing new smoke alarms this year, you must consider some key factors to ensure your compliance with the new Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation. The amended laws have particular provisions about the type, placement, and interconnection of alarms to use. It can be very confusing for homeowners and property managers to know if they are on point with the standards and timeframes of implementation.
But don’t fret! To help you align with the requirements and get a jumpstart on protecting your property against fire emergencies, here’s a quick guide on what you should look for in new smoke alarms.
As of January 1, 2017, all new smoke alarms that go into every property must be photoelectric and should comply with Australian Standards 3786-2014.
When buying new smoke alarms, don’t just look at the price or brand. The first thing that you need to secure is the product’s compliance with the requirements of Australian Standards 3786-2014. Are they photoelectric? Can they be interconnected? This will save you replacing them in 5 years. Do they have the right labels?
New smoke alarms are less prone to false alarms.
Australian Standards 3786-2014 has included additional requirements to ensure that any new smoke alarms that will go into every property as of January 1, 2017, are less prone to unwanted activations.
Here are additional features that reduce false warning:
- Finer gauze to avoid insects from entering the chamber
- Indicator light to quickly identify which alarm activated first (considering that alarms will soon be interconnected to each other)
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Ensuring alignment to the technology standards of new smoke alarm rules is challenging if you do things on your own. To avoid fines and non-compliance, seek the help of a trusted smoke alarms provider. They are compliance experts, who will guide you in meeting the standards every step of the way.
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