New Smoke Alarm Laws in 2017

The Queensland government has recently passed the Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Act 2016. This new legislation requires that all homes built in Queensland with a completion date after 1 January 2017 must be fitted with a new smoke alarm system.

Photoelectric smoke alarms must be used rather than ionisation smoke alarms. These types of alarms are said to respond faster to smoke than other types of smoke alarms, are more effective at detecting smouldering fires and are less likely to raise a false alarm.

The alarms must be positioned in all hallways and bedrooms, and must be interconnected. This means that all residents will be alerted, regardless of what area of the house the fire starts.

For more details, visit: https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/community-safety/smokealarms/Pages/new-legislation.aspx

All Westbuilt Homes completed after 1 January 2017 will be compliant with this new legislation. Speak to our Design Consultant today to discuss this in more detail.

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