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Smoke Alarm Regulations For Commercial Buildings

In Australia, the rules and regulations for fire safety in commercial buildings can be complicated at times. You often have to read through a series of acts, regulations and other legislative instruments to understand what your fire safety obligations are and how commercial fire alarms and smoke detectors fit into the picture.

It doesn’t help that commercial premises vary widely and fall into different building classes, such as:

  • Factories
  • Warehouses
  • Offices
  • Industrial sites
  • Construction sites
  • Dangerous goods premises

Generally speaking, smoke alarm requirements for commercial buildings falls under the National Building / Construction code. It is a Building Certifiers job to determine if smoke alarms are required and if so, how many and where they need to be positioned. 

However, different states have different commercial building smoke alarm requirements, too. In Queensland, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services helps owners/occupiers manage their compliance with the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 and the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008. They do this through two important resources – The Fire Safety Management Tool for Owner/Occupier and the Advisory Notes – both of which are indispensable guides. Other states have similar systems.

Are smoke alarms required in commercial buildings?

In most cases, yes. Commercial smoke alarms and smoke detectors are an important fire safety installation. Along with other critical measures such as exit doors and standby power systems, smoke alarms in commercial buildings play an invaluable role in reducing the risk of death, injury or property loss caused by fire.

What to look for in a commercial smoke alarm

To meet commercial building smoke alarm requirements and to provide a high level of fire safety, a commercial smoke alarm should be photoelectric. This technology reacts more quickly than old-model smoke detectors, especially when it comes to smouldering fires.

A 10-year sealed lithium battery is another feature to look for as it eliminates the need to change the battery in the unit. In fact, this type of battery has the same decade-long lifespan as the alarm.

Interconnected smoke alarms are also important in commercial settings. Many of the commercial smoke alarms at Evadare Smoke Alarms interconnect with both 240v hard wired alarms and/or wireless smoke alarms, which is often necessary in commercial buildings.

Where to get commercial smoke alarms

At Evadare Smoke Alarms, our smoke alarm units are approved and certified to meet AS 3786-2014 and all relevant commercial smoke alarm requirements. Contact us today and we’ll help you find the right smoke alarm system for your commercial building.