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Smoke Alarms

All homes are required to have smoke alarms. The smoke alarms should be located near the bedrooms and if there is more than one smoke alarm these should be interlinked. When the smoke alarms are interlinked if one smoke alarm sounds then the other smoke alarm will also sound.

A standard 4 bedroom property with three bedrooms at the rear and a master bedroom at the front would require a minimum of two smoke alarms interlinked. If there are children in the property it is a good idea to have a smoke alarm in their room or any room that has a TV.

After the recent tragedy in Slacks Creek, the Queensland State Coroner presented evidence that the type, positioning and interconnectedness of smoke alarms are crucial to ensuring how effective a smoke alarm is in alerting people to the presence of a fire. He recommended two major changes that form the basis of this new legislation.


These recommendations were put to government with support of Master Electricians Australia, with new laws coming into effect from January 1 2017. They apply to new domestic dwellings, rental properties, and properties that are undergoing substantial renovations.

The new laws aim to protect the lives of every resident, by creating safer homes and one unified smoke alarm system. This means that you will be more rapidly alerted to the presence of a fire in your home. The new laws impact all newly built homes and rentals, plus any home undertaking substantial renovations.”
From 1 January 2017 smoke alarms installed in new homes must be:

  • Photoelectric type only;
  • Hard wired to the electricity supply;
  • Interconnected to every other smoke alarm;
  • Installed in each bedroom;
  • Installed in hallways serving bedrooms; and
  • Installed in the exit path of every storey not containing bedrooms.

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