QLD rentals should have smoke alarms in bedrooms

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Smoke Alarm Solutions, a major provider of smoke alarm compliance and maintenance services to the property industry, has warned agents and landlords against waiting until the eleventh hour to adhere to Queensland’s smoke alarm legislation.

The major overhaul to Queensland’s smoke alarm legislation will take effect on January 1, 2022, and will impact all of the state’s estimated 550,000 rental properties.

Agents and landlords who do not comply with the new legislation could face serious consequences, including hefty fines and potential jail time.

Cameron Davis, CEO of Smoke Alarm Solutions, said it was “safer, smarter and cheaper” to act now.

“I don’t want a repeat of the pink bats fiasco or the pool fence compliance debacle,” he said.  “There were tragic repercussions because everyone waited until the last moment.”

By January 1, 2022, all rental properties in Queensland are required to:

  • Have smoke alarms installed in every bedroom
  • Have smoke alarms powered by either 240 volt or 10-year lithium batteries
  • Have interconnected smoke alarms
  • Have photoelectric smoke alarms
  • Have smoke alarms that meet Australian Standard 3876:2014

Davis said it was vital for all agents and landlords to source reputable smoke alarm compliance and maintenance operators. This would ensure that renters are fully safeguarded and receive early warnings in the event of a house fire.

“The legislation changes has seen dodgy smoke alarm compliance providers and industry cowboys with limited experience popping up all over the place,” he said. “If your smoke alarm compliance provider places profit above safety, it’s time to find a new provider.”

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  • IPESA says on 12/12/2017 05:13:55 PM

    Do your research, as many alarms still sold on the market, especially if sold online, only meet the older AS 3786:1996 standard. These are still legally allowed to be sold as they can be used in offices and garages etc and in other Australian states. The retailers may simply display AS 3786 compliant without specifying which version of the Australian standard the alarm meets.

    Also currently, I believe, there is only one photoelectric smoke alarm that meets AS 3786:2014 that can be interconnected wirelessly which is powered by a 10 year battery and therefore does not require an electrician to install it on the market for Queensland legislation compliance if your property is unable to use mains power - eg in an apartment with concrete ceilings.

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