Reminder to install interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms | Queensland Building and Construction Commission

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Photoelectric smoke arlams

Get interconnected. From 1 January 2022, it’s the law

From 1 January 2022, landlords must install interconnected smoke alarms in residential rental properties. Similar rules apply to owner occupiers. All other dwellings must transition to full compliance by 2027.

Interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms must be installed in every bedroom, in hallways and on every level. When one goes off, they all go off, giving everyone extra time to escape.

Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago, and any smoke alarms that do not operate when tested must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms that comply with Australian Standard 3786–2014.

Existing hardwired smoke alarms that need replacement must be replaced with a hardwired photoelectric smoke alarm.

If you are installing or replacing hardwired smoke alarms, you will need to contact an electrician.

If you are a tenant, your landlord must have installed interconnected, photoelectric smoke alarms from the start of the first new lease or any lease renewal from 1 January 2022.

Smoke alarms must be maintained through regular cleaning and testing, which can be carried out by pushing the ‘test’ button. Cleaning should be done in line with manufacturer instructions, usually by vacuuming.

Whether you’re a landlord, owner occupier or tenant, visit to find out more about your obligations.

Last reviewed: 31 May 2021 Last published: 31 May 2021
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