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NEWS

Queensland Smoke Alarms

Changes to Queensland smoke alarm legislation commenced 1 January 2017.  These changes apply to domestic dwellings classified under the Building Code of Australia - houses, townhouses (Class 1a) and sole-occupancy Units (Class 2).

New Dwellings and Dwellings being substantially renovated - Smoke Alarms must:-

  • comply with AS3786:2014
  • contain a photoelectric sensor
  • not also contain an ionisation sensor
  • be hardwired
  • be interconnected to every other smoke alarm installed in the dwelling

 Existing Dwellings - Smoke Alarms must:-

  • be replaced within 10 years after the day of manufacture with photoelectric smoke alarms compliant to AS3786:2014 which do not also contain an ionisation sensor (the manufacture dates should be located on the back of the smoke alarm); and
  • be replaced immediately if they do not operate when tested; and

be hardwired if the existing smoke alarm that is being replaced is hardwired (existing battery powered smoke alarms (e.g. 9v removable battery) may be replaced with battery powered alarms).

Dwellings being sold, leased or an existing lease is renewed:-

  • same requirements as summarised under 'Existing Dwellings - From 1 January 2017'.
  • Exiting landlord's and tenant's obligations regarding the installation and testing of smoke alarms continue

Contact Atomic Electrical today to inspect, test, maintain or install smoke alarms in compliance with the current Queensland legislation.


Pool Lighting Rules and Licencing Requirements

If a pool lighting transformer is designed to plug into a socket outlet and the extra low voltage - Electrical Safety Regulation (2013) Section 72 states that the pool lighting be deemed water equipment and the ELV cabling be deemed designated equipment.  Therefore, a licenced Electrician must be engaged to install the ELV cabling, the ELV pool light fitting and make any connections to the transformer based on the requirements of the Electrical Safety Regulation, Section 72(1).

Contact Atomic Electrical today to have your pool lighting and equipment installed in accordance with the current regulation.


Recall on Quick ELQ Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker

The manufacturer of Quick ELQ Earth Leakage circuit breaker (RCDBO) has issued a recall on a non-compliant material that has been used in the manufacture of a component, and when operating under short circuit conditions the product may express ionised gases through the exhaust port which may result in conditions creating a fire risk. 

Building owners, managers and electrical contractors should check switchboards or load centres for potentially affected RCDBOs.  The affected models can be identified by the presence of a green test button.  Products without a test button or with a white or an orange test buton are not impacted by this recall. 

Circuit breakers are installed to protect circuit wiring and appliances. Contact Atomic Electrical today to inspect, test, install or replace a circuit breaker in your home, office, shop or building.  We purchase our circuit breakers from reputable Australian wholesalers whose warranties are not only covered by the manufacturer but also implied by Australian Law.


Safety Switches and Legal Obligations

Safetly switches are insurance against electrical shock.  They shut off electricity supply when current leakage is detected.  This avoids serious shock and possible burns by stopping the current flowing through a person. The Queensland Government requires by law the installation of safety switches in domestic premises in the following situations:-

All new homes built or extended after 1992 but before 2000

  • safety switches must be fitted to all power point circuits when a new electrical installation occurs

All new homes built or extended after 2000

  • safety switches must be fitted to all power point circuits and lighting circuits

Buying or selling a property

  • If you buy a property without a safety switch, you must install a safety switch for the power point circuits within 3 months of a domestic property transfer
  • If you sell a property, you must establish if a safety switch has been installed for the power point circuits which must be declared on the sales contract and Form 24 Property Transfer

Renting a home

A landlord renting out a home must ensure a safety switch has been installed for the power points within 6 months of the tenancy agreement, if there is not a safety switch already present.

Contact Atomic Electrical today to install or replace a safety switch in your home or rental property in compliance with Queensland law requirements.


 Government phasing-out halogen technology and regulating LED's

The ready availability of solid state lighting has prompted the Australian Government to commence phasing-out halogen technology and propose the regulation of LEDs.  If the Government is to ban the sale of halogen lights, it must be confident that energy efficient replacement products of adequate performance and reasonable cost can take their place.  By far the most significant replacement products are LEDs.

The Consultation RIS released by the Australian Building Codes Board goes into some detail as to why it is necessary to regulate LEDs.  Following is its summary of reasons:-

  • Consumers are being exposed to inferior LED products that are negatively impacting on consumer confidence and the uptake of this more efficient technology
  • Minimum energy performance standards have not kept pace with improvements in lighting technology and are therefore no longer achieving their purpose of removing the least efficient lamps from the market
  • Inperfect information, combined with an increased diversity of lighting alternatives, makes it difficult for consumers to compare the energy efficiency, quality and performance of lighting technologies or be motivated to do so given the low purchase price
  • Commercial and rental property owners and some builders have no incentive to purchase more efficient, but higher upfront cost products, as there is no incentive for them to reduce electricity replacement costs

Lighting Council Australia are currently working with the Government to resolve some of the issues associated with LED regulation.  Possibly as soon as 2018 we are very likely to see haologen downlights effectively banned from sale and new regulations for LEDs covering energy efficiency and other quality parameters.

Contact Atomic Electrical when building or renovating for the best advice on energy efficient, cost effective and compliant lighting solutions.