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Do you have the correct smoke alarm?

New Queensland Smoke Alarm Laws

Changes to Queensland’s smoke alarm laws in residential properties were introduced on 1 September 2016.

The new provisions will affect applications for building approvals from 31 December 2016.

What happens to existing smoke alarms?

Changes will commence from 1 January 2017 and will be phased in over ten years in an effort to save lives.  What it means is that if an existing smoke alarm needs replacement it needs to be replaced by an interconnected photo electric smoke alarm.

Photoelectric smoke alarms are much faster at detecting smoke and contain a photo cell and a light beam shining away from the cell. When smoke enters the test chamber, some of the light is scattered by the smoke particles and hits the cell, triggering the alarm.

Photoelectric alarms are best at detecting smoky and smouldering fires, which is the most typical type of house fire

The laws were introduced in response to a house fire in which 11 people, including eight children, died. That home had non-working smoke alarms fitted.  150 people have died in house fires in Queensland since 2004.


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