We would like to congratulate the QLD Government for recently legislating new laws requiring the use of photoelectric smoke alarms, giving QLD the most comprehensive and effective smoke alarm laws in Australia.

In a recent Detector Inspector blog post (see July 14th 2016), we discussed the superior technology of photoelectric smoke alarms in detecting fires, and why they are the only smoke alarm installed by our technicians.

On 1st September the QLD government passed the Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Act 2016, which requires the installation of interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in all newly built QLD homes and when old existing alarms are replaced.

The added requirement of the alarms being interconnected is critical in ensuring residents have sufficient time to escape from a house fire. This means that all alarms in a dwelling are linked to each other where if one is triggered, all are activated.

The changes commence on 1st January 2017, and will be phased in over a 10 year period. Therefore, by 2027 every QLD home will have an interconnected smoke alarm system or else be in breach of the law.

This is a huge step forward by the QLD government and we hope other states will soon follow.