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Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms save lives. Protect your home and family from potential fire hazard with Australia's most trusted smoke alarm brand, PSA, supplied to you from the professionals at JD Lighting. By law, all homes and units in Queensland must be fitted with smoke alarms, so it’s important to choose a trusted and reliable product and retailer.

There are 2 main types of smoke alarms - ionisation smoke alarms, which sense small invisible combustion particles and are sensitive to fast flaming fires without much smoke, and photoelectric smoke alarms, which detect visible combustion particles when a smouldering fire occurs, and creates a lot of smoke.

Why Choose Photoelectric Smoke Alarms?

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services recommends that all homes are fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms (not ionisation types). Photoelectric Smoke Alarms are generally more effective than ionisation types because they 'see' the smoke by detecting visible particles of combustion. For this reason they are good at detecting smouldering fires and dense smoke and will alert you early, allowing you to escape. Photoelectric smoke alarms are also less prone to false alarms (from cooking etc.).

What is the QLD New Smoke Alarm Legislation 2017?

Is your smoke alarm legal? New Queensland smoke alarm rules have officially started in January 2017. From 1st January 2017 onwards, new smoke alarms must be of a photoelectric type which complies with Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014. Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than ten years ago must also be replaced. 

From January 2027, smoke alarms must be installed on each storey: i) in each bedroom; and ii) in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or iii) if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; and iv) 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. Smoke alarms must be either hardwired or powered by a nonremovable 10-year battery.

For more information download the PDF or read our Blog post about the new Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation.

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