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Smoke Alarms Australia has been working with Real Estate Agents across the country for over 14 years, helping to get Landlords compliant to relevant state smoke alarm legislation.
Smoke Alarms Australia has been working with Real Estate Agents across the country for over 14 years, helping to get Landlords compliant to relevant state smoke alarm legislation. Smoke alarms provide early warning and give the best opportunity to save lives, reducing the risk to the property and protecting investments. Making a property compliant should not be taken lightly.
READ UP ON SMOKE ALARM TYPES
There are many types of smoke alarms, and essentially the terminology you need to know is photoelectric or ionisation, hard-wired, radio frequency or battery operated. Photoelectric alarms are recommended by most Fire Services as they are quicker to detect smoke and don’t function using small amounts of radiation. Read our news piece explaining smoke alarm types.
Hard-wired alarms are wired to the properties electrical system and have a battery back up in case there is service outage. Radio frequency alarms interconnect through a radio signal and have a 10-year lithium battery as back up. Battery based alarms are used also, but, are not to be installed in any property under 2022 legislation in Queensland.
READ UP ON BUGS & DUST
Bugs and dust are a great concern for ongoing smoke alarm maintenance. Some alarms have a double bug screen, making the alarm more reliable, reducing opportunities for bugs to enter the smoke detection chamber. The double screen could also reduce the amount of servicing required and minimise the risk of false beeping alarms experienced by a tenant.
The correct servicing of smoke alarms is also important and contributes to the longevity of the alarm. A push button test on the alarm only tests that the alarm has connected power. Testing with artificial smoke, cleaning the alarms, checking alarm positioning and expiry dates is an integral part of the testing process.
Queensland has endured some of the worst house fires in history with multiple loss of life over the years. The legislation in Queensland was recently changed to help prevent future home fire disasters. From 1st January 2022, all smoke alarms in rental properties must be photoelectric and interconnected, compliant with AS3786:2014, installed on each storey of the property, in all bedrooms and hallways, powered by mains power or non-removable 10-year lithium battery.
For more information on how to make your properties compliant in the lead up to 2022 visit www.smokealarmsaustralia.com.au