How many smoke alarms do I need? Lots of customers ask this question before they conclude a purchase in our online store. Therefore, in order to provide an answer, we will take you through the latest legislative requirements. These apple to all domestic dwellings in Brisbane and Queensland as a whole. These will be coming into effect from 1 January 2022 in an effort to better protect residents in the case of house fires.
It’s imperative that every homeowner and landlord of a residential building ensure their properties are compliant.
Queensland homeowners, landlords and estate agents need to ensure that a home is compliant if they want to sell a property, sign a new lease, or renew a lease from January 2022 onwards. This legislation determines how many smoke alarms you will need to install in your property, what type, etc.
How many smoke alarms do I need in Australia?
It’s important to note that the National Construction Code (NCC) – also known as the Building Code of Australia (BCA) – requires you, as the property owner, to install compliant and working smoke alarms in every residential property. Regardless of which Australian state you reside in, the law stipulates that you need to install smoke alarms in every residential property. However, there are differences from state to state in terms of the type and location of the smoke detectors. In this post, we are specifically focusing on the requirements in Queensland. The state is phasing in the use of photoelectric smoke detectors in all types of domestic dwellings.
New Queensland smoke alarms legislative requirements will be in effect from 1 January 2022.
The state’s aim is for all domestic property owners in Queensland to fit their homes with photoelectric smoke detectors over the next few years. What does this new legislation stipulate for residential properties in Queensland? Here are the pertinent points:
- If you want to lease or sell a domestic dwelling in Queensland from 1 January 2022, it must be comply with the latest smoke alarm legislation.
- Queensland property owners must install photoelectric smoke detectors in their houses.
- You must interconnect every smoke detector in your home to form one network.
- In terms of connectivity, you can install photoelectric smoke detectors as either a wireless or a wired smoke alarm system.
- You must ensure that you only install interconnected photoelectric smoke detectors that are compliant with Australian Standard 3786-2014.
- All Queensland homeowners must ensure their properties are fully compliant with this legislation by 2027.
How many smoke alarms do I need per home?
That depends on the size and layout of your home. These are the new requirements for smoke detectors in Queensland:
- You must install an interconnected photoelectric smoke detector in every bedroom.
- Additionally, you must install a smoke detector in each hallway that connects bedrooms to the rest of the building.
- If there is no hallway, you must install a smoke detector between the bedrooms, or sleeping areas, and the rest of the storey (usually the living area).
- Furthermore, if a level of the home does not contain a bedroom, you must install at least one interconnected smoke alarm on that level. You must place it along the pathway most likely to be used to exit the building in the event of a fire.
- For detailed information about smoke alarm legislation, click here to visit the official site.
In a nutshell, the number of smoke alarms you need depends on the size of you home.
The more bedrooms you have, the more smoke alarms you need to install. In addition, you need to install more smoke alarms in a home that has more storeys.
To make this as quick, easy, and affordable as possible, we have bundles of smoke alarms for sale with remote controllers in our online store. We offer free shipping for all orders over $300. We sell top quality photoelectric smoke alarms that comply with the latest legislation. Although you can easily install our wireless photoelectric smoke alarms yourself, you can also take advantage of our affordable and professional smoke alarm installation service.