New Legislation around Smoke Alarms

New smoke alarm legislation is on the horizon – and the laws relating to owner-occupied dwellings is a but different from leased dwellings.

Here’s a summary:

Owner occupied dwellings (from Jan 2017)

  • All existing private homes, townhouses and units will require photoelectric interconnected smoke alarms. These must be either a hardwired (eg. 240v) or non-removable 10 year battery powered type alarm.
  • These will be required: on each story, in all bedrooms, in the hallways connecting bedrooms to any other part of the home, at least one on a story if it does not have bedrooms in the most likely exit path.

Leased or sold dwellings (from Jan 2022)

  • All homes or units being sold or leased, or existing leases being renewed, will require hardwired photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms. Non-removable 10-year battery smoke alarms can be installed in place.
  • Smoke alarms in the dwelling must:
    • be photoelectric (AS3786-2014); and
    • not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
    • Be hardwired to the mains power supply, if currently hardwired. Otherwise, smoke alarms can be either hardwired or powered by a non removable 10 yr battery or a combination of both.
    • be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.
  • The legislation requires smoke alarms to be installed in the following locations : on each storey, in each bedroom, in the hallway that connects bedrooms and other parts of the storey and if there are no bedroom on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

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