Smoke Alarm Legislation For WA
Recent changes in Queensland’s legislation have understandably led to questions (and no small amount of confusion) about the state of smoke alarm legislation in Western Australia. With a shift in the type of devices required in residential properties, what sort of flow-on effect will there be? Is your home or rental property currently compliant? It’s caused concern among homeowners and landlords alike around the country.
However, the situation is relatively straightforward once you break it down. From January 1st, 2022, interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are required in Queensland residential rental properties. This applies to buildings that are in the process of having their lease renewed, have been newly leased or been recently sold. However, over the next few years, they’ll gradually be required in every residential property in Queensland, with 2027 the final deadline.
It’s important to note that this is solely a Queensland-based change at this stage. Australia doesn’t have unified smoke alarm legislation, and the states and territories are largely left to their own devices. With that said, best practice in one state does tend to influence others, so it’s highly likely that changes to smoke alarm legislation in WA are on the horizon.
In practice, it makes sense. NSW has previously implemented stricter legislation to protect visitors to short-term rentals in addition to its existing smoke alarm laws. However, Queensland’s new legislation raises the bar for fire safety higher than anywhere else around Australia. As more advanced technology is developed, it’s important to adapt and ensure better safety practices wherever possible.
Current legislation in WA requires the following:
- Smoke alarms must be positioned in line with the Building Code of Australia.
- Smoke alarms must comply with AS 3786:2014.
- Any smoke alarms within the home must be less than ten years old (after the date of manufacture.
- Be connected to mains power, rather than relying on batteries.
- If your home was built after 1 May 2015, your smoke alarms must be interconnected.
Exceptions are made for lithium battery-powered smoke alarms in some instances, but overall these restrictions are notably looser than Queensland’s new legislation.
With these considerations in mind, homeowners and landlords in WA are looking for ways to get ahead of any potential legislative changes. Getting ahead of best practice and prepping for future changes is relatively straightforward in practice — and that’s where the team at Evadare can assist. We’ve compiled a series of videos explaining this in more detail, as well as how you can prepare.
As longtime fire safety professionals, all of us here at Evadare have a strong commitment to helping further awareness around smoke alarm technology. Accordingly, we stock a huge range of interconnected smoke detectors, with brands like Emerald Planet and RED, in addition to our own brand.
To learn more about how we can help you ensure that you have a compliant smoke alarm system — both now and into the future — why not reach out to the team at Evadare today?