Smoke Alarm Installation
Smoke Alarm Installation
A new Australian Standard applies from 1 May 2017 to new smoke alarm installations in residential dwellings.
Importantly, this includes new smoke alarms installed in dwellings subject to transfer of ownership, lease or hire and replacement alarms in dwellings leased or hired. This does not trigger a requirement to replace existing compliant alarms.
The Building Commission has released an industry bulletin setting out the requirements for smoke alarm installations in new dwellings and existing dwellings.
Smoke alarms are compliant when they:
- are in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) applicable at the time of the installation of the alarm;
- are not more than 10 years old at the time of the transfer of ownership, or making the dwelling available for rent or hire; and are in working order; and are permanently connected to consumer mains power (hard-wired) or if the use of a battery powered smoke alarm has been approved under the Building Regulations 2012, the alarm has a 10-year life battery that cannot be removed.
- The new Australian Standard can be identified on smoke alarms by looking for an AS 3786:2014 marking. The marking supersedes the 1993 AS3786:1993 marking.
A licensed electrician is required to either connect or disconnect a smoke alarm to the mains power supply.
Further information about smoke alarms is available from the Building Commission factsheet Smoke alarm laws.
Mains powered smoke alarms
DFES recommends every home should have mains powered smoke alarms. A mains powered smoke alarm is one which is wired direct to a 240 volt AC power supply or to a 12/24 volt DC system powered by a 240 volt supply.
It is important to note that all mains powered smoke alarms must be installed by a registered electrician, and must comply with Australian Standard 3786 and carry the Australian Standards or the ActivFire labels.
If your not sure or need a check of your smoke alarm you can book an inspection or replacement by calling Alan on 0419 045 152 or using the contact form in the side column.
Book your smoke alarm installation with an experienced local electrician. Being a licensed electrician, Alan can install smoke alarm, giving you peace of mind and safety coverage to your home, protecting you and your family . Contact ARJ ELectrical Services for further information about Smoke Alarm installation costs.