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.