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Smoke Alarms

Creative Electrical Services QLD supply, install and repair all makes and models of smoke alarms throughout South-East Queensland including the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Tweed Heads regions. Having a smoke alarm that works is integral for your families safety. You can choose between two kinds of smoke alarms, hard wired and battery powered.

Hard Wired Smoke Alarm

The most important type of smoke alarm are directly connected to the homes electricity. They also have backup batteries in case there is no electricity to the house e.g. Natural disaster, tripped power circuit, severed cables.

The preferred choice is clipsal Photoelectric as they are extremely reliable over years. You also have the choice of connecting multiple hard wired smoke alarms together so when one goes off the others do also, increasing the chances of you or anyone else in the house hearing it.

Hard wired smoke alarms need a licensed electrician to install them, it is not something you want to risk doing yourself.

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Battery Powered Smoke Alarm

The battery is the only source of power to the smoke alarm so you needn’t worry if there is no electricity to the house however if the battery dies the alarm will not work.

These alarms usually last a number of years however it is very common for batteries to run out of charge and the owner left in a dangerous position if there is a fire. Hard wired smoke alarms are the preferred smoke alarm of choice.

Did You Know?

As per the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, all smoke alarms must be hard wired into all rooms and hall ways to effectively protect your family in the case of a fire.

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It’s Mandatory for owners and landlords to install hard-wired smoke alarms to ensure their residential property complies with Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1960 Section 248 and the Local Government Act 1995 Section 9.60, and the Building Amendments Regulations 2009.

If you’d like one of our licensed electricians to attend to your smoke alarms today, simply call us on

1300 303 413


Glossary of Terms

Dwellings – houses, townhouses (Class 1A) and units (Class 2).

Photoelectric – the method the device uses to detect smoke.

Hardwired – connected to the domestic dwelling’s electricity supply.

Interconnected – if one smoke alarm sounds all the other smoke alarms will also sound. You can choose between wired or wireless.

Substantial – work carried out under a building development approval or the total building works equals 50% of the dwelling over 3 years.

Storey – a space within a building which is situated between one floor level and the floor level or roof above.

If you have a specific question or require further clarification, please email

Source documents

Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Bill 2016

Building Fire Safety (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Legislation Amendment Regulation 2016

National Construction Code 2016

Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014

Land Title Act 1994


From 1 January 2017

When replacing smoke alarms, they must be of a photoelectric type which complies with Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014.

Replacing smoke alarms

Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than ten years ago must be replaced. (Note: Smoke alarms should have the date of manufacture stamped on them.)

Smoke alarms that do not operate when tested must be replaced immediately.

Existing hardwired smoke alarms that need replacement must be replaced with a hardwired smoke alarm.


From 1 January 2017

Requirements as for existing dwellings.

Existing landlord’s and tenant’s obligations regarding the installation and testing of smoke alarms continue.

Property sellers must continue to lodge a Form 24 with the Queensland Land Registry Office stating the requirements of the smoke alarm legislation have been met.


From 1 January 2017

The development approval process for new dwellings and substantial renovations will ensure that building approvals received on or after this date will bring dwellings into compliance with the new laws.

Smoke alarms in the dwelling must:

be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014); and

not also contain an ionization sensor;

be hardwired to the mains power supply with a secondary power source (i.e. battery); 

be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

in each bedroom; 

in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; 

if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; 

each floor must have at least one smoke alarm


Smoke alarms must not be placed:

Within 300mm of a corner of a ceiling and a wall;

Must be within 300mm of a light fitting;

within 400mm of an air-conditioning vent;

Stairways, sloping ceilings, and ceilings with exposed beams all have specific requirements that need to be met. You can find them in the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008.

If impractical for the prescribed location requirements to be met (e.g. may be affected by steam from shower or fumes from cooking), the owner may put the alarm at another location that will provide a warning to occupants of the dwelling.