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Property Smoke Alarms: What Landlords Need to Know

Smoke alarms play a vital role in keeping your property safe from fire. It is important to ensure that your smoke alarms are properly installed and maintained in order to ensure their efficacy. This article will provide information on your property’s smoke alarm safety and compliance.

What is a Smoke Alarm

A smoke alarm is a device that detects the presence of smoke in a room. Smoke alarms are typically installed in homes and businesses as a way to improve fire safety. Smoke alarms can be either battery-operated or hard-wired into a building’s electrical system.

When smoke is detected, a smoke alarm will sound an alarm to notify people in the area that there is a fire. Smoke alarms can be either audible or visual. 

Audible smoke alarms will emit a loud sound that people in the area can hear. Visual smoke alarms will emit a bright light that people can see in the area.

The Responsibilities of the Landlord for Property Smoke Alarms

It is the responsibility of the landlord to make sure that smoke alarms are installed and working properly in their rental property. 

Landlords are required to install smoke alarms in all new and existing rental properties. They are also required to regularly test the smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly.

The Responsibilities of the Tenant for Property Smoke Alarms

The tenant must make sure that they do not disable or tamper with the smoke alarms in the rental property. Tenants are also responsible for notifying the landlord if they believe the smoke alarms are not working properly.

What to Consider Before Installing a Smoke Alarm

When installing a smoke alarm, it is essential that you take the time to consider the following factors:

1. Location

You should install smoke alarms on every level of the rental property. The alarms should also be located on each side of the sleeping area, as well as in living rooms and hallways.

2. Number

The number of smoke alarms in a rental property will vary depending on the size of the property. A single smoke alarm is not enough to protect the entire rental property.

3. Type

There are two types of smoke alarms. Ionisation alarms are more sensitive to fast-flaming fires, while photoelectric alarms are better at detecting smouldering fires. It is recommended that you install both types of alarms on your rental property.

4. Maintenance

Smoke alarms need to be tested monthly and replaced every ten years. The batteries should also be replaced annually.

The Rules for Smoke Alarms in QLD

In Queensland, from 1 January 2022, landlords must install interconnected smoke alarms in all residential rental properties. This means that if one smoke alarm is triggered, they will all sound. 

Additionally, any smoke alarms that were manufactured more than ten years ago or that do not operate when tested must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms that comply with the Australian standard.

The Bottomline

Smoke alarm safety is an important compliance issue for all property owners. All properties should have working smoke alarms installed and maintained to protect occupants from the dangers of fire.

Do you need the help of a Buderim electrician for your smoke alarms? Buderim Electrical has a team of reliable electrical and air conditioning specialists who service the entire Sunshine Coast. Get in touch with us today. 

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