New home smoke alarm legislation
NORTH Burnett Regional Council reminds residents about new legislation requiring all Queenslanders to have photoelectric smoke alarms installed in their homes.
Under the legislation that came into effect on January 1, every Queensland residence needs to be fitted with photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms in all bedrooms of the home, as well as in hallways or between areas containing bedrooms.
The 10-year rollout of the legislation will give people time to ensure they have the right alarms and they are correctly located and installed, although the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said everyone should take action to install them as soon as possible.
The legislation was in response to a 2011 fatal house fire in Slacks Creek, Logan.