The new Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation stamps the state’s resolve to ensure the safety and protection of all residents and properties. It imposes strict requirements that property owners must comply with and introduces significant changes for gradual implementation within ten years.
There are a lot of sites on the internet about the new legislation. This is a double-edged sword for details are within reach, the information overload surrounding the new requirements can overwhelm homeowners. At Safe Home Services, we provide simple and clear information that will empower property owners to comply with the legislation on time.
In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of the do’s and don’ts in installing smoke alarms based on the new Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation.
Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation: DOs
Use photoelectric smoke alarms that comply with Australian Standard 3786-2014.
But not just any photoelectric smoke alarm will do. To achieve compliance with the new Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation, all new alarms to be installed starting January 1, 2017, must be photoelectric and should meet the requirements of Australian Standard 3786-2014. This should be marked clearly on the packaging of any alarm you purchase.
Consider your unique needs when installing new smoke alarms.
Australian Standard 3786-2014 has provisions that address the needs of the hearing impaired and those with special needs. There are compliant photoelectric smoke alarms with special features, such as heat sensors or emergency lights. Inform your provider about these requirements so they can find the most suitable device for your home.
Be aware of the correct time frames for compliance and implementation.
Time frames of implementation will vary depending on the use of the property to give homeowners enough time to comply with the new rules. Properties for rent or sale have until January 1, 2022, to comply with the new regulations. However, all new alarms that will go into the property starting January 1, 2017, must be photoelectric and meet the Australian Standard 3786:2014.
Existing properties that are owner-occupied, on the other hand, have until January 1, 2027, to align with the new Queensland Smoke Alarm legislation, but all new smoke alarms to be installed starting January 1, 2017, must be photoelectric smoke detectors and meet the Australian Standard 3786:2014. Substantial renovation applications that are submitted on or after January 1, 2017, will also have to outline the alarm placement to meet the new legislation as part of their renovations
Align with Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation’s strict provision on the power supply.
Smoke alarms are built to last ten years. According to the new rules, all new smoke alarms must be either hardwired to the dwelling’s electricity supply or powered by a non-removable lithium battery with a 10-year battery life.
Consult with a smoke alarm company to ensure compliance with the Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation.
The new Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation is not to be trifled with. People’s lives and assets depend on this compliance, so it is always best to bring in the experts. They can help you identify a plan on how you can bring your property up to compliance level.
They know the ins and outs of the legislation – which smoke alarm brands are approved as well as how many smoke alarms must be installed in your property. Not only that, they can make the transition to the new requirements as smooth and worry-free as possible for you. They can free you of the uncertainty and confusion, considering the overwhelming details of the new legislation.
The perfect smoke alarms company for your needs will not only help you comply but will also give you unparalleled service and reliability. They will attend to your needs on time and will deliver on their commitments.
Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation: DON’Ts
When replacing smoke alarms starting January 1, 2017, don’t use ionisation smoke alarms.The new Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation bans properties to install ionisation smoke alarms starting January 1, 2017, for safety reasons.
According to tests and past incidents, this type of smoke alarm is not fit for fire emergencies common in the home environment. Ionisation alarms are built for fast-flaming fires, but most incidents that occur in the home are slow-flaming fires. As mentioned in the list of to-dos, the new legislation imposes the use of photoelectric smoke alarms instead.
Don’t use just about any brand of photoelectric smoke alarms available in the market, or assume that replacing an alarm with the exact model as last time will satisfy your needs.
The new Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation is specific about the requirements for photoelectric smoke alarms to comply with Australian Standard 3786-2014. Not all brands have been approved under the new standard. Consult with your preferred provider about the brands of smoke alarms that comply with the legislation to ensure your compliance.
Don’t rely solely on smoke alarm installation in ensuring the property’s fire safety.
The primary goal of the new Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation is to protect every property and resident in the state. Ultimately, it was designed to improve fire safety in Queensland. However, smoke alarm installation and maintenance is just one side to the promotion of fire safety. The amended smoke alarm requirements will give residents a more robust warning system, but there is still an urgent need to practice fire prevention measures.
Don’t try to do things on your own if you’re unsure about the Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation.
Hiring a smoke alarm company is optional but will help a great deal with your smooth transition to the new requirements. This small investment will make a big difference in your fire safety and will speed up your compliance. With experts on your side, you will also have peace of mind, and you will avoid the dangers and mishaps and expense that arise from guesswork.
Whether you have a whole rental roll or one property to care for, Safe Home Services will help you protect what’s important.
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