New QLD smoke alarm legislation

Interconnected photoelectric smoke alarm systems are to become a requirement in Queensland homes from 1 January 2017.

The new smoke alarm legislation announced this week by the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Bill Byrne was prompted by the recommendations handed down after the tragic Slacks Creek house fire which killed 11 people in 2011.

The Queensland legislation hopes to prevent such loss from happening again through the installation of interconnected photoelectric smoke alarm systems in every home across the state by 2027.

“By having the alarms interconnected, it won’t matter which part of the house a fire starts in, the alarm closest to you will sound and if you are asleep, an alarm will sound in your room, even if the area is closed off to the rest of the house,” the Fire and Emergency Services Minister Bill Byrne said.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll welcomed the legislation stating “QFES has long recommended photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms to be hardwired into homes and the decision to mandate this is to be applauded.”

More information on the smoke alarm legislation

Read the full Queensland Government statement at –

Unsure about how the new smoke alarm requirements will affect your home? Take a look at our Handy Hints post – How the new QLD smoke alarm legislation affects you

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