Recent changes to the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 require all Queensland houses, town houses and units to install ‘Photoelectric Smoke Alarms’ commencing 1 January 2017. Under updated legislation, photoelectric smoke alarms are required to be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the following locations:
Given the significance of the change, the Queensland Government has imposed a 10 year phased rollout of legislation to give Queenslanders time to adapt to the new requirements.
New buildings or those undergoing significant renovations will have to be fully complaint with the legislation from 1 January 2017. All houses leased or sold will need to meet compliance within 5 years. Private dwellings will only have to be fully compliant within 10 years.
The Queensland government believes the new reforms are leading a life-saving overhaul to the smoke alarm systems. Photoelectric smoke alarms can respond towards a wide range of fires. Further, an interconnected alarm system will alert the resident, no matter which part of the house the fire starts.
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Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990
The Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Act 2016
Queensland Government Media Statements
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services