Make Sure Your Property Is Smoke Alarm Compliant
A legislation was passed by the Queensland government changing the compliance criteria for smoke alarms. I know this isn't the most interesting topic, and as soon as I say the word legislation it's tempting to switch off, but this could be important for you to know. We've been working with APM Solutions to make sure all of the properties that we manage have been brought up to date with the new legislation, and we want to help everyone get this in place before the deadlines start kicking in.
A legislation was put in in 2017 stating that all homes must be converted to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms. These alarms are more effective, they have been proven to be the most efficient in alerting you to a fire in the home. They're also less likely to be set off by things like someone burnng toast, which is great news for everyone.
There are 3 key deadlines to getting this done by:
- From 1 January 2017: in all new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings (this applies to building applications submitted from 1 January 2017).
- From 1 January 2022: in all domestic dwellings leased and sold.
- From 1 January 2027: in all other domestic dwellings.
Put simply this means that if you are renovating a property you will need to get this new system put in as a part of your renovations; if you're leasing or selling your property then you will need to have the new system installed by 2022; for everyone else you'll need it done by 2027.
Don't Put It Off
There is always a temptation with these kinds of things to put them off until the last minute, but in this instance that really isn't an option. There are a lot of properties that need this doing, especially in the run up to the 2022 deadline, and there are a limited amount of companies that can get these systems installed. This is why we've been working so closely with APM to get these new systems installed, we don't want any of our clients to end up left behind when the deadline hits.