Heather: Hi, I’m Heather from Beyond Property Management and I have Sam from Safety Squad visiting us today. He is one of our smoke alarm technicians here to explain the upcoming legislation changes for smoke alarms that are affecting landlords in Queensland. Sam, what is the change?
Sam: From now on all properties will need smoke alarms in the bedrooms, and within five metres of the exits to bedrooms and on each level of the dwelling. The alarms need to be photoelectric, interconnected by wire or wireless with radio frequency interconnection. They just need to be in all rooms where people are sleeping, and then the exist to those rooms.
Heather: The idea of this being that, if one alarm goes off, they all go off. So, if you are upstairs asleep in your bedroom, and there’s a fire in the kitchen, then you’re going to get woken by the alarm in your bedroom. So, what’s the deadline for this to happen?
Sam: So, it all needs to be done by 31st of December this year. So, January 1 next year (2022), need the alarms all through the house.
Heather: Most of our clients have had their alarms done already, which is great to see. I have seen timelines being extended and things so there’s still a lot of property in Queensland that needs to be done. So if you are a landlord in Queensland and haven’t done your smoke alarm yet, get yourself in the queue, because it’s a hard deadline they need to be done. So, make sure that you get your property manager instructed to get that change done. Thanks very much Sam for visiting us today.