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Queensland compliant

The CAVIUS Wireless Family photoelectric alarms are recessed, interconnected and powered by a 10-year battery or mains power – making them fully compliant with Queensland’s new legislation. Our Wireless Family isn’t just a better-looking alarm system, it’s a safer one.

Countdown to new Queensland legislation change

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The new legislation specifies that all Queensland dwellings must have:

  • Photoelectric Smoke alarms that comply with AS3786:2014.
  • The smoke alarms must interconnect with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling.
  • Alarms must either be hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery.
  • Installed in all bedrooms, hallways, and between areas containing bedrooms.
  • If there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

‘Like for like’ rule:
It’s key to note that if replacing an existing smoke alarm, it must be ‘like for like’ i.e. If you currently have a hardwired alarm, this must be replaced with a hardwired alarm. If you are installing an alarm in an area that doesn’t currently have an alarm, this can be either a hardwired or 10-year battery photoelectric alarm – however it must be able to interconnect with all the other alarms in the dwelling.

I’m a landlord, how does the new legislation affect me?

From 1st January 2017:

If you decide to sell your rental property or you have any smoke alarms that were manufactured more than 10 years ago, these must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms that comply with Australian standards AS3786:2104. Remember the ‘like for like’ rule when replacing any smoke alarms.

Before 1st January 2022, your rental property must;

  • Have smoke alarms installed in all bedrooms, hallways and between areas containing bedrooms. If there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.
  • The alarms must be either be a hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery smoke alarm.
  • Be photoelectric (and not contain an ionisation sensor) and comply with Australian standards AS3786-2014.
  • Interconnect with all the other smoke alarms in the home.

 

I’m building or renovating my home, how does the new legislation affect me?

From 1st January 2017:

  • Upon completion of your new build or renovation (over 50% of the dwelling) the smoke alarms in your home must;
  • Be photoelectric (and not contain an ionisation sensor) and comply with Australian Standards AS3786-2014.
  • Hardwired into the mains power with a secondary power source (i.e. 9v or lithium battery back-up).
  • Interconnect with every other smoke alarm in your home.
  • Installed in all bedrooms, hallways or between areas containing bedrooms. If there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

 

I’m selling my home, how does the new legislation affect me?

From 1st January 2017:

If you decide to sell your home, any smoke alarm that was manufactured more than 10 years ago, must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms that comply with Australian standards AS3786:2104. Remember the ‘like for like’ rule when replacing any smoke alarms.

All homes sold after 1st January 2022 must;

  • Have smoke alarms installed in all bedrooms, hallways and between areas containing bedrooms. If there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.
  • The alarms must be either be a hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery smoke alarm.
  • Be photoelectric (and not contain an ionisation sensor) and comply with Australian standards AS3786-2014.
  • Interconnect with all the other smoke alarms in the home.

 

I’m a homeowner, how does the new legislation affect me?

From 1st January 2017:

Any smoke alarm in your home that was manufactured more than 10 years ago, must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms that comply with Australian standards AS3786:2014. Remember the ‘like for like’ rule when replacing any smoke alarms in your home.

Before 1st January 2027, all smoke alarms in your home must;

  • Either be a hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery smoke alarm.
  • Be photoelectric (and not contain an ionisation sensor) and comply with Australian standards AS3786-2014.
  • Interconnect with all the other smoke alarms in the home.
  • Installed in all bedrooms, hallways and between areas containing bedrooms. If there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

Other installation requirements

Where practicable smoke alarms must be placed on the ceiling. Smoke alarms must not be placed:

  • within 300mm of a corner of a ceiling and a wall
  • within 300mm of a light fitting
  • within 400mm of an air-conditioning vent
  • within 400mm of the blades of a ceiling fan

Please see our FAQ page for more details.

Please note, there are special requirements for stairways, sloping ceilings, and ceilings with exposed beams.
Specific requirements are explained in the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us via email on support@cavius.com.au or call +61 7 3356 1441.

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