Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation Changes – Fire Safety

New legislation is being introduced in Queensland, that will make Queensland households possibly the safest in Australia when it comes to fire safety.

What are the Fire Safety Changes?

The new legislation requires all Queensland dwellings to install photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms and in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling.

What is a photoelectric smoke alarm?

Photoelectric smoke alarms are also known as optical or photo-optical. The alarms have the capability to detect visible particles of combustion.

Research has found that photoelectric alarms respond quicker than the current smoke alarms and they are less likely to create a false alarm.

Why are the Changes Occurring?

Photoelectric smoke alarms are becoming compliant to address the danger of fires occurring whilst people are sleeping in their homes. When people are sleeping, their sense of smell also sleeps.

Photoelectric smoke alarms will detect the smoke in its early stages allowing you to exit your property safely.

When are the Changes Set to Take Place?

The rollout of interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms will happen over a 10-year period.

Below are the dates that buildings will need to comply by:

  • 1 January 2017: in new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings
  • 1 January 2022: in domestic dwellings leased and sold
  • 1 January 2027: in all other domestic dwellings

How to Ensure your Building is Compliant in Fire Safety

Although Strata schemes are not required to install the photoelectric smoke alarms until 2022, SSKB and our subsidiary company StarBMS are proactive in ensuring your building is compliant.

Protect your family and investment by clicking here to contact SSKB.

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