Smoke Alarm Requirements

Electrical Safety Office

16 November 2020

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is working with industry to ensure Queenslanders are aware of their obligations and don’t leave upgrading to the last minute.

Old ionisation smoke alarms can be slow to react, and may not give you or your loved ones enough time to escape.

That's why there's new legislation to install photoelectric smoke alarms, which have been proven to be more effective in the domestic home.

Since January 2017, Queenslanders having a home built or substantially renovated have been required to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms installed.

From 1 January 2022, all homes being sold, leased or having their lease renewed must have hardwired photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, connecting hallways and on each storey.

From 1 January 2027, this requirement will apply to all homes.

As these deadlines draw near, there will be a greater demand for electrical contractors to install and upgrade ionisation smoke alarms to photoelectric smoke alarms.


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