In early 2017 the Qld Fire and Emergency Service issued new legislation relating to smoke alarms. The legislation is an important document pertaining to both existing smoke alarms and the fitting of new or replacement alarms.
There are some key take away points from the legislation:
When replacing smoke alarms, they must be of a photoelectric type which complies with Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014. Photoelectric refers to the method the device uses to detect smoke.
Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than ten years ago must be replaced (look for the date stamp on your alarm).
Smoke alarms that do not operate when tested must be replaced immediately.
Existing hardwired smoke alarms that need replacing must be replaced with a hardwired smoke alarm.
With safety being at the top of the priority list for households and businesses alone, it’s important to regularly do the necessary checks and testing of your smoke alarms, while ensuring you also have the correct alarms installed. If you’re unsure how to test your alarm or require one or more installed, please get in touch with us for assistance.
Please take the time to download and read the official PDF accessible here. You’ll find within, information for all types of dwellings, installation details, info for rental properties and renovators.