SMOKE ALARM LAWS HAVE CHANGED

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

SMOKE alarm leg­is­la­tion in Queens­land has changed. From 1 Jan­uary 2017 ex­ist­ing smoke alarms man­u­fac­tured more than 10 years ago must be re­placed with pho­to­elec­tric smoke alarms which com­ply with Aus­tralian Stan­dards. When you sleep, your sense of smell also sleeps. If a fire starts, toxic fumes can over­come you. Pho­to­elec­tric smoke alarms sense smoke and will alert you early, so you can es­cape. With in­ter­con­nected alarms, you will be alerted no mat­ter where you are, or where the fire starts. New leg­is­la­tion spec­i­fies the type, po­si­tion­ing, and in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity of alarms, which are crit­i­cal for early warn­ing and quick es­cape. As peo­ple be­come more fa­mil­iar with the new smoke alarm leg­is­la­tion and what is re­quired, QFES ad­vises they should con­tinue to main­tain their cur­rent smoke alarms and also prac­tice their fire es­cape plans. If you re­quire any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the main­te­nance or in­stal­la­tion of your smoke alarms, please con­tact QFES di­rectly at SmokeAlarms@qfes.qld.gov.au

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