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Collection: Smoke Alarm Legislation for South Australia

 

Smoke alarm legislation in South Australia, like other states is likely to change very soon. If you’ve been keeping an eye on developments around the country, you’ll have noticed that Queensland has adjusted its smoke alarm legislation to require interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in residential rental properties. 

While the full effects of the Queensland legislation haven’t yet come into effect, the new alarms will be required from January 1st, 2022 — in buildings that have been sold, leased or are in the process of having their lease renewed. By 2027, they’ll be required in every residence in the State. 

This makes sense and raises the bar for safety higher than anywhere else in the country. Better fire prevention means less potential for injuries and property damage, which is ultimately better for everyone, isn’t it? 

Like all states and territories around Australia, smoke alarms are compulsory for all residential buildings in South Australia. 

New Buildings (Building Approval On Or After 1 January 1995)

Since 1 January 1995, smoke alarms have been required in all new homes in South Australia. These alarms must be hardwired to the 240 volt mains power supply unless the dwelling is not connected to such a supply.

They should also be fitted with a back-up battery to provide power in case of a mains power supply failure.

In dwellings not connected to mains power, smoke alarms powered by 10 year life, non-replaceable, non-removable, permanently connected batteries may be installed.

Existing Buildings (Building Approval Before 1 January 1995)

As a minimum requirement, all homes where building approval was granted before 1 January 1995 are required to be fitted with a smoke alarm powered by a replaceable battery subject to the following change of ownership conditions.

Change of ownership on or after 1 February 1998

From 1 February 1998, if there is a change of ownership of the land on which any building covered by this legislation is built, the new owner must, within 6 months of title transfer, install smoke alarms either:

  • hardwired to the 240 volt household power supply (unless the dwelling is not connected to such a supply); or
  • powered by 10 year life, non-replaceable, non-removable, permanently connected batteries.

Interconnection Of Alarms

From 1 May 2014, smoke alarms have been required to be interconnected in all new dwellings.

In existing buildings (i.e. those approved before 1 May 2014) any extension or addition (approved from 1 May 2014) which requires more than one smoke alarm must have those alarms interconnected however there is not a requirement to interconnect to alarms in the existing building.

Smoke alarms in subsequent extensions will be required to interconnect to any alarms in extensions approved after 1 May 2014.

How Many Smoke Alarms And Where?

The Development Regulations require that one or more smoke alarms must be installed in every dwelling in locations that will provide reasonable warning to occupants of sleeping areas so that they may safely evacuate in the event of a fire.

Should you install smoke alarms in bedrooms?

YES! Even if it's not legislated in your state. Here's why:

Research has shown that when a fire starts in a bedroom with the door closed, the smoke alarms in the hallway do not activate. Even with the bedroom door open, the hallway smoke alarm may not activate in time to allow people in the bedrooms to get out. It makes sense, therefore, that smoke alarms should be installed inside bedrooms.

The fact that Queensland has implemented new legislation to come into effect on January 1, 2022, is highly likely to set a precedent with other legislative bodies around the country too. After all, being more fire safe is something everyone can get behind and accordingly, smoke alarm legislation in South Australia is likely to change in the next few years.

As a result, many owners and landlords around the country are looking to get a head-start on the process. The sooner you’re either compliant or ahead of current best practice, the better. But it can be a daunting process if you’re trying to do it on your own — and that’s where the team at Evadare can help. 

Below are our hardwired smoke alarms and remotes suitable for South Australia.

Questions? Refer to our FAQ otherwise contact us via our online Messenger or phone 0439 730 736.

 

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  • PREORDER. 240V Hardwired Photoelectric Smoke Alarm With Lithium Battery Backup (TRINITY)
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  • INSTOCK. Wireless R2 Smoke Alarm Controller
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  • INSTOCK. EP Vulcan 240V Hardwired Photoelectric Smoke Alarm With Lithium Battery Backup and Interconnected RF Module
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  • INSTOCK. EP Smoke Alarm Controller for the Vulcan & Ranger Series
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  • INSTOCK. Red R240RC 240v Hardwired Photoelectric Smoke Alarm with Rechargeable Lithium Battery Backup
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  • INSTOCK. Red RWB Wireless Base for the R240RC & R240 240v Smoke Alarms
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  • INSTOCK. Red Wireless Smoke Alarm Controller ONLY WORKS WITH RED SMOKE ALARMS.
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  • INSTOCK. Red R240RCB 240v Hardwired Photoelectric Smoke Alarm with Rechargeable Lithium Battery Backup
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