Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Bill 2016 receives Royal Assent


In an effort to improve personal safety in domestic dwellings, the updated legislation requires the installation of photoelectric smoke alarms in all dwellings thereby reducing the loss of life or injury.  

agm-invitation-adSCA (Qld) is of the understanding that the legislation amendments are a result, amongst others, of the Slacks Creek tragedy that occurred in 2011. The State Coroner recommended that legislative amendments be made to mandate the installation of photoelectric and interconnected smoke alarms in every bedroom, between areas containing bedrooms, in any hallway servicing bedrooms and in any other storey of an older residential building. It was also recommended that for new residences, the smoke alarms be hardwired and for old residences, that the alarms are either hardwired or powered by a 10 year lithium battery.


Read SCA (Qld)’s letter of support here. Access the Bill here.


SCA (Qld) is running an education session on 17 November 2016. The webinar will address the amendments and what members need to know to ensure client properties comply within the set timeframes. Register for the webinar/seminar here.


Posted 2016-09-19