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Understanding your smoke alarm responsibilities may save a life

Safe Home Evacuation Fire Plan

IS YOUR HOME READY FOR THE SAFE EVACUATION OF LOVED ONES?

A fire escape route should also be discussed with all members of the household. A smoke alarm will alert you of a fire, but what you do next is a matter of life and death.

AS A TENANT FIRE SAFETY SHOULD BE EXPECTED

From 1st January, 2022 interconnected, photoelectric smoke alarms compliant with AS 3786-2014 are required to be installed in each bedroom, connecting hallway or adjacent room and at least one smoke alarm on each level of your rental property that doesn’t have a bedroom. These smoke alarms must be installed by the first lease renewal date from 1st January, 2022 or before the beginning of a newly signed lease from 1st January, 2022.

As a tenant in Queensland, you have responsibilities with regards to the maintenance of the smoke alarms in your property.

You Must:

  • Test and clean smoke alarms at least once every 12 months;
  • Replace any flat or nearly flat batteries;
  • Advise the property manager/owner if there are any issues with the alarm/s (apart from batteries);
  • Allow the property manager/owner right of entry to install smoke alarms

A tenant must not remove a smoke alarm, remove the battery (other than to replace it), or do anything to reduce the effectiveness of the alarm (e.g. paint over it).

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