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Smoke Alarm Legislation For SA

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 recently 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? 

But that said, there’s been no small amount of confusion for landlords around the implementation, even those outside of Queensland. We’ve found ourselves barraged with questions, so we wanted to help clarify some of the issues, particularly around smoke alarm legislation in SA. 

Like all states and territories around Australia, smoke alarms are compulsory for all residential buildings in South Australia. In some situations the smoke alarms need to be interconnected. 

Home owners are required, by Regulation 76B under the Development Act 1993, to install battery powered or hard-wired (240 volt mains powered) smoke alarms*.

* Houses built since 1 January 1995 must be equipped with hard-wired smoke alarms. All other houses must be equipped with at least replaceable battery powered smoke alarms. From 1 Feb 1998 when a house with replaceable battery powered smoke alarms is sold the new owner has six months to install alarms which are hard-wired to the 240 volt power supply or powered by 10 year life, non-replaceable, non-removable batteries.

But 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. 

Here at Evadare, we’re committed to staying at the forefront of smoke alarm technology. We stock a variety of interconnected smoke detectors from leading brands such as Emerald Planet, RED and our own brand. Additionally, we’ve also compiled videos on the current state of legislative changes. 

As longtime experts in the field, our team can work closely with you to ensure that you have the smoke alarm system you need to guarantee tenant safety. So why not get in touch today?

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