Interconnected Photoelectric Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms are required by law to be fitted in all residential properties in all states of Australia, with some variations in the needed type and location. New legislation has been enacted in Queensland since the 1st of January 2022. This legislation directs that interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in QLD must be in all bedrooms, in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling and on every level. This applies to all domestic dwellings leased and sold in Brisbane and the broader state of Queensland.
New Smoke Alarm Laws in Queensland
The new state legislation for Queensland requires all homes to install interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in every bedroom, hallways, and level by 2027. While there is substantial time to implement this, the new builds and the sold properties must already comply.
Photoelectric smoke alarms are an effective solution to smouldering fires and dense smoke. Photoelectric technology is the new technology that replaced the old ionization.
For the alarm to be effective, please ensure that the alarms are regularly maintained and tested. The smoke alarms can malfunction due to factors such as humidity (causes corrosion), dust and insects.
Based on household fire statistics over the years, it has been concluded that most fires originate in bedrooms and don’t often trigger smoke alarms in common areas. Installing interconnected alarms triggers all the alarms, allowing more time to attend to the source of the fire.
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So what is an interconnected photoelectric smoke alarm? Photoelectric smoke alarms offer state of the art technology that is proven to save lives. They are small circular units placed at key locations throughout the home that are designed to provide early detection of fire. The new interconnected smoke alarms that we offer comply with the new regulations and must be installed in each bedroom, hallways and between bedrooms.