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Smoke Alarm Laws - Are You Compliant?

Updated: Jan 7, 2021

QFES requirements as for existing dwellings. Existing landlord’s and tenant’s obligations regarding the installation and testing of smoke alarms continue.

Property sellers must continue to lodge a Form 24 with the Queensland Land Registry Office stating the requirements of the smoke alarm legislation have been met. From 1 January 2022 Smoke alarms in the dwelling must: i) be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014); and ii) not also contain an ionisation sensor; and iii) be less than 10 years old; and iv) operate when tested; and v) be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey: i) in each bedroom; and ii) in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or iii) if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; and iv) if there are no bedrooms on a storey at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

Smoke alarms must be hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery.

Master Electrician Australia advises to only engage licensed electrical contractors or licensed electricians employed by licensed electrical contractors. 

For further information about how the new legislation affects you, visit or or to book your Master Electrician today call 1800 LIVE SAFE (1800 548 372).

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