Smoke alarm requirements for Queensland homes

Smoke alarm requirements for Queensland homes

As a Queenslander, you're no stranger to danger; sharks, crocs, cyclones, snakes, and bad jokes.. But do you know the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home?  oh, you do, but not sure where to start? Have no fear, MiFire is here with the basics you'll want to know.

First things first, it's important to know that in Queensland, it's mandatory for all residential properties to have smoke alarms installed. So, whether you're a first-time home owner or just moving to the sunshine state, you'll want to make sure you've got smoke alarms in all the right places.

Now, let's talk about the different types of smoke alarms you can install. According to the Queensland Government, smoke alarms must be photoelectric, which means they're able to detect slow-burning fires, such as those caused by smouldering materials.

They must be either 'hardwired' 240v with a back-up battery or powered by a non-removable 10-year lithium battery.

Additionally, smoke alarms must be installed in every bedroom, and in hallways leading to bedrooms. They are also required to be interconnected, so when one sounds, they all sound. It's like a kids party for the smoke alarms, but with less running but probably the same amount of noise.

Another important requirement is that smoke alarms must be less than 10 years old. So, if your smoke alarms are older than a decade, it's like a expired milk, it's time to replace it. And don't forget to keep the batteries fresh in 240volt models that have replaceable batteries, or you might end up with the sound of silence when you need it the most.

It's important to note that all smoke alarms must meet the Australian Standard AS3786-2014 to ensure they are safe and effective.

In conclusion, in Queensland, it's mandatory to have smoke alarms installed in all residential properties, these smoke alarms must be:

1) Photoelectric

2) Hardwired 240v or 10-year battery powered

3) Installed in every bedroom, hallways and/ or spaces leading to bedrooms

4) Interconnected

5) less than 10 years old

6) comply with AS3786-2014

If you need a hand choosing the right smoke alarms for your property in Queensland or any other Australian State get in touch with us at MiFire Australia.

All our smoke alarms meet the requirements for Queensland homes, don't wait until it's too late, get your smoke alarms installed and keep your home and family safe!

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For more information about installation of smoke alarms look for our "Hot Topic" on Smoke Alarm Installation or give us a call

Current at time of publish: January 2023