With the New Year only a month away, I thought it timely to raise awareness of changes to Queensland’s Smoke Alarm Legislation which commences from 1st January 2017.  From this date, all Queensland dwellings will be required by law, to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms and in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling.

This is a 10-year phased roll-out of interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms that will happen over three specific periods starting from 1 January 2017. This means interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are required for compliance:

•  From 1 January 2017:  in all new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings (this applies to building applications submitted from 1 January 2017).
•  From 1 January 2022: in all domestic dwellings leased and sold.
•  From 1 January 2027: in all other domestic dwellings.

Any new smoke alarm being installed or existing smoke alarm being replaced from 1 January 2017 must also be a photoelectric-type alarm which complies with Australian Standard 3786.  If your smoke alarm is more than 10 years old it must be replaced with a photoelectric smoke alarm. A smoke alarm which is hard wired to the domestic power supply must be replaced with a hard wired photoelectric smoke alarm.  For more information click here.

This week I would like to introduce you to a new Sales Agent to join our team – Scott McCallum.  Scott, originally from Canada, calls the Sunshine Coast home and has been working as an Agent in the local area for several years.  He is a skilled negotiator who has an impressive track record for securing optimum outcomes for his clients.  Welcome Scott, it is great to have you a part of the AWP team!

Just a reminder also, as we head towards the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting ‘severe to extreme heatwave conditions’ across Queensland and New South Wales – please take care, keep hydrated and if you must go in the sun then ‘slip, slop, slap’.

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