Tenanted properties and all new residential buildings must be fitted with interconnected smoke alarms installed by January 2022.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan said the Queensland Government introduced the new legislations in 2017 but gave landlords until January 2022 to ensure they had time to make changes to their property.
“From 1 January 2022, residential rental properties are required to have interconnected, photoelectric smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, in hallways and on every level,” he said.
“The law applies when new leases are commenced or an existing lease is extended, but we urge all property owners to transition to the new safer alarms as soon as possible.”
Mr Ryan said the mandatory installation of interconnected, photoelectric smoke alarms would also apply to every home in the state by January 2027.
Queensland Fire Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Greg Leach said interconnected, photoelectric smoke alarms had been proven to save lives and gave residents extra time to escape a house fire.
“Research tells us that children are less likely to wake to the sound of a smoke alarm. This makes it important that adults in the home can hear them,” Commissioner Leach said.
“In modern homes where the parent’s bedroom is often in another part of the house, they may not hear the smoke alarm in the children’s bedrooms.
“Interconnection means that the smoke alarms communicate with each other so that if one smoke alarm activates in one room all the smoke alarms activate, making it more likely that everyone will have the best chance of getting out before they are overcome by smoke.”
FIRE STATS YOU SHOULD KNOW!
- Ipswich has been identified as one of the most at-risk suburbs, with statistics showing an average 18.4% of significant house fires per 1000 dwellings compared to other cities which reported an average of 9.5%. (Courier Mail) According to QFES, Ipswich homes were more at risk of a house fire because the homes were older, the temperatures colder promoting the use of fireplaces, heaters and electric blankets.
- Cooking, electrical and heating fires are considered the top three preventable causes of house-fire (CFA Victoria)
- On average, more than one preventable fire-related death occurs in a residential context every week in Australia. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC)
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