Smoke Alarms Legislation

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Where smoke alarms should be installed

Floor Plan for Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarm Floor Plan

The Building Code of Australia mandates the installation of smoke alarms located outside of sleeping areas and at least one interconnected alarm on each level of every new home, and in Queensland one is needed in every bedroom – but how many should you have, in other parts of the country? And where should they be located to ensure correct operation? (Always check local fire safety regulations for any requirements above that of the building code.)

Regardless of which state you live in, it is recommended to install smoke alarms in every bedroom and interconnected to the alarms in the hallway and other areas of the home. This will ensure you are alerted early as possible.

Smoke Alarm Install Options

Installation Tips

Smoke alarms must be installed to ensure smoke can easily enter the alarm in the event of a fire, hence by avoiding dead air spaces.

Also keep away from areas that may lead to false alarms, such as areas prone to dust, insects or humidity/steam (i.e. bathroom).

Aim to also keep 1m away from A/C ducts and electrical noise sources such as LED lighting.


Home Insurance and Smoke Alarms  

Smoke alarms play an integral role in home security and are a legal requirement right across Australia. That’s why insurance providers have made smoke alarms a prerequisite for obtaining home insurance. By not having the appropriate protection as determined by state government, an insurance provider may increase the price of premiums or choose to reject an insurance claim altogether.

Fire Tek® Smoke Alarm Installation Guide

If not installed properly, considering the environment and regulations, Smoke Alarms may not function as expected or could even become a nuisance by false alarming.

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Clipsal Smoke Alarm

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