Smoke Alarm Legislation Changes Spark Warning

October 24, 2019
| Nathan Pitt

If you manage your investment property on your own or have a property manager, it’s important to stay on top of the news when new regulations come in place. After thorough consideration, it was announced that all properties must upgrade their smoke alarms by 1 January 2022. This legislation was developed after the tragic house fire in Brisbane’s south claimed eleven lives, including eight children.

Under the new legislation, all Queensland property owners and landlords must meet new rules by installing interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms and hallways that connect the bedrooms with the rest of the property on every level. When it comes to units, all units within the apartment complex must comply as even a single unit without the new smoke alarm could jeopardise the safety of the entire building and put everyone in danger.

What is a photoelectric alarm? 

These types of smoke alarms detect visible particles of combustion in the air. When you sleep, your sense of smell also sleeps, so if the fire starts, toxic fumes can overcome you without you realising on time.

These alarms can see the signs of fire and alert you at the very early stage, so you can escape on time. With the new legislation in place, it’s best if you update your smoke alarm as soon as you can and have an escape plan in case of an emergency to make sure your and your tenant’s safety. With 550,000 rental properties required to meet new smoke alarm rules, if it’s not updated on time, your property won’t be able to be leased.

Coronis partners with APM Solutions, a local, market-leading Queensland company that delivers no fuss smoke alarm servicing. With an Essential Package from $99 per annum, landlords can be confident that APM’s focus is keeping families safe, protecting your property assets and continued compliance.

The Essential Smoke alarm maintenance package includes:

  • Checking the smoke alarms are installed in the correct position/location
  • Verifying the expiry dates of every alarm (the expiration requirements for replacement are 10 years from the manufacture date – not from the installation date)
  • Cleaning each alarm inside and outside
  • Checking alarms for audible notification and visual indicators
  • Replacing any batteries and alarms that are faulty or expired
  • Full testing to ensure all alarms are in working order
  • Issuing a Comprehensive compliance report including photos

There is also a Premium Package available for those landlords wanting to act now to meet the new Smoke alarm legislation requirements which start from 1 January 2022.

For the best advice and talk about your options, contact your knowledgeable Property Manager today.

Nathan Pitt
Article by Nathan Pitt
In late 2017, after five years as a Graphic Designer, Nathan joined Coronis as a Design & Marketing Co-ordinator for Coronis’ allied businesses, providing a one-stop-shop for both marketing & design and allowing the marketing team to adapt and flex…
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