For residents of the Sunshine State, sourcing a reputable and licensed specialist for Brisbane smoke alarms can be overwhelming. Shield is here to help.
Although fire alarms have been used since as far back as the seventeenth century, it’s hard to believe that the first modern smoke detector wasn’t created until 1965. Invented by Duane Pearsall and Stanley Bennett Peterson, the first smoke detector was battery powered, made of fire resistant steel, and was aptly dubbed the “SmokeGard 700”.
Thankfully, smoke alarms have come a long way since the mid sixties. Today, in all states across Australia, smoke alarms complying with Australian Standards AS3786 must be fitted in all residential and rental properties and in accordance with the Building Code of Australia. Although the exact legislation varies between each state and territory, Queenslanders have a distinct set of rules that are actually due to change from January 1, 2022, and then again from January 1, 2027 – so what do homeowners need to know when it comes to Brisbane smoke alarms?
One of the most dangerous situations that could happen to us in our own home is a house fire in the middle of the night. If a fire happens during sleep, there is a risk of breathing in the fumes and becoming unconscious before waking up. A professionally installed, modern and functional smoke alarm system could save your life, which of course helps to explain why the state legislation in Queensland is about to tighten once again.
As a general rule, smoke alarms in Queensland must be replaced at least every ten years. Although Queensland Fire And Emergency Services recommend that smoke alarms be tested around once a month, by law homeowners are required to test and clean each individual smoke alarm at least once every twelve months. It’s also a legal requirement that faulty smoke alarms or smoke alarms that aren’t working for any reason be replaced immediately.
Where practicable smoke alarms must be placed on the ceiling. Smoke alarms must not be placed:
There are special requirements for stairways, sloping ceilings, and ceilings with exposed beams, and these requirements are explained in the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008. Penalties may be imposed for non compliance with the law, so it’s worth checking out exactly what’s changing in the years ahead in the relevant legislation.
Navigating the rules surrounding Brisbane smoke alarms can be tricky business, particularly if you are a landlord or property investor with multiple dwellings. It can be difficult to keep track of the applicable annual check ups that roll around once per year, or even keeping on top of general cleaning requirements. On top of that, ensuring the right installation methods are followed for any new builds or substantially renovated dwellings is another confusing pool to try and wade through on your own, which is why it’s always a good idea to partner with the professionals when it comes to navigating Brisbane smoke alarms – but where do you find them?
For clients on the hunt for solutions for Brisbane smoke alarms, we offer specialist smoke alarm installation, testing, maintenance, and hardwired, interconnected upgrades to ensure residents in your home have the earliest possible warning in the event of a fire. At the end of the day, smoke alarms provide a level of protection and safety against worst case scenarios, so it’s important to meet the relevant legal requirements as a means to stave off a potential disaster.
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