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Collection: Smoke Alarm Legislation for Tasmania

 

Tasmania has one of the highest fire fatality rates per capita in Australia with the Tasmania Fire Service responding to more than 350 house fires each year. 

The Tasmania Fire Service states:

  • Smoke alarms must comply with the Australian Standard AS3786.
  • Smoke alarms must be either hard-wired to the mains power supply or be powered by a 10 year non-removable battery.
  • Smoke alarms must be cleaned and tested prior to the commencement of a new occupancy and all removeable back-up batteries must be replaced.
  • Any faulty smoke alarms or any smoke alarms which have reached their expiry date must be replaced. Smoke alarms expire 10 years from date of manufacture.
  • Smoke alarms must be located between each bedroom area and the rest of the house (in the hallway if there is one), at the top of all stairways, and one in each storey of the property that doesn’t contain a bedroom.

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.

Rental Properties

Whether you are a landlord who lets residential properties in this part of Australia or you rent a home here, it’s important that you are familiar with smoke alarm legislation in Tasmania. To be specific, you should know what the Residential Tenancy (Smoke Alarms) Regulations 2012 and Table of Amendments contain. If you’re not sure what the regulations are or how they apply to you, the summary below will serve as a good primer.

If you own and let properties in Tasmania, you should be aware of the following requirements:

  • All rental properties must have smoke alarms fitted. These alarms must be completely functional and within their expiry date when a new tenancy agreement starts.
  • All alarms must be mains powered or fitted with a 10-year lithium battery that cannot be removed and complies with relevant Australian standards.
  • Where practical, smoke alarms must be installed on the ceiling or as near to it as possible.

The precise location and number of smoke alarms you need to install depends on the type of buildings you are letting. In the smoke alarm legislation in Tasmania, buildings are divided into 5 classes:

Classes of building and their smoke alarm requirements

The 5 classes of residential buildings in Tasmania and the smoke alarm requirements for each class are as follows:

1a. Houses/villas and townhouses — For this class, a smoke alarm should be installed in every corridor and hallway that leads to a bedroom. There should also be at least 1 smoke alarm in every storey of the building without bedrooms.

1b. Boarding houses and small guesthouses — Boarding houses and guesthouses with accommodation for up to 12 people must have a smoke alarm fitted in every bedroom. There should also be an alarm installed in every corridor and hallway that leads to a bedroom. Additionally, there must still be one on every storey of the building that does not have any bedrooms (in an exit path).

2. Apartments/blocks of flats — These must have smoke alarms in all corridors and hallways leading to bedrooms as well as in all storeys without bedrooms (again, in the exit path for each storey).

3. Large boarding houses — The requirements for class 3 buildings are the same as for class 2 buildings.

4. Caretaker flats/above-shop accommodation — If you are letting class 4 buildings, Tasmania smoke alarm legislation requires you to follow the same rules that apply to class 2 and 3 buildings.

If you are a tenant, the smoke alarm legislation Act in Tasmania requires you to perform regular inspections to check that every alarm in your accommodation is functioning properly.

Tasmanians you can choose from either hardwired or wireless smoke alarms (with a 10 year lithium battery). Wireless are the easiest to install as you DIY without needing an electrician. The remotes make is easy to silence all the alarms should there be any false alarms.

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