Make sure you protect your person, property and the environment.
On 31 August 2016 Queensland Parliament passed the new smoke alarm legislation that requires all homes to be compliant with photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms in all bedrooms and hallways. With the new law, all properties have to comply within 5 years whereas homeowner have up 10 years to have the new alarms installed.
Let’s see into details what is going to change…
Smoke alarms in all dwellings must
- be photoelectric and not also contain an ionisation sensor
- be less than 10 years old
- operate when tested
- be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together
Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey:
- in each bedroom
- in all hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwellings
- if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and the other parts of the storey
- if there are no bedrooms on a storey at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to the exit the dwelling
Why photoelectric devices are more advanced at detective smokes and effective for alerting people to fires compared to the ionisation ones?
To tell what you have in your home you just have to look for a bright yellow radiation symbol inside or on the back of an ionisation alarm whereas if you have a photoelectric one you should see on the front, back or inside of the detector unit the word ‘photoelectric’, ‘optical’, ‘photo-optical’ or simply a ‘P’.
With this new legislation, Queensland households will be the safest in the country and the state will become the national leader on this issue, as minister Byrne said.