Buying smoke alarms
On 1 January 2017, new laws about smoke alarms commenced in Queensland.
As of this date, all new and substantially renovated homes must have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms (compliant with Australian Standard 3786) installed.
The smoke alarms must be:
- in every bedroom
- in hallways that connect bedrooms
- on each level of the home.
If a homeowner replaces a smoke alarm, it must be replaced with a compliant interconnected photoelectric smoke alarm. From 1 January 2022, these requirements will apply to all houses leased and sold, and from 1 January 2027, they will apply to all homes.
Some incorrect information is being circulated about the new law. Here is good reference in regards to answering common questions about smoke alarms.
Also here is the link to the current QLD Smoke Alarm Legislation .
More detailed information on the type of interconnected smoke alarm that is suitable for your premises is available in the smoke alarm resources submenu.