Since 1 January 2017 legislation has specified the type, positioning, and interconnections of smoke alarms for Queensland homes. All these are critical factors for an early warning and quick escape during a house fire. Photoelectric smoke alarms see smoke and will alert you early, so you can escape. Interconnected alarms will alert you no matter where you are, or where the fire starts. Additionally, alarms should also be hard-wired to the 240v power supply or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery.
As Queensland residents become more familiar with the smoke alarm legislation and its 10-year timeline for implementation, they should continue to maintain their current smoke alarms and practice their fire escape plans.
Visit the smoke alarms website for details on the legislative requirements, placement and maintenance of alarms and what it means for your home.