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IS YOUR FAMILY SAFE IN A FIRE?
SMOKE ALRAMS SAVE LIVES
Without them in your home, your risk of death from a house fire is up to 3 times higher. In Queensland, about three-quarters of all home fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms — nearly half of all house fire deaths occur when people are sleeping.*
*INFORMATION PROVIDED BY QLD GOVERMENT WEBSITE
Last updated 25 February, 2015
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
NEW LAWS COME INTO EFFECT AS OF JANUARY 2017
Tougher new laws will be phased in from January 1st next year. (2017)
The laws are designed to make households safer
Here's what you need to know:
Photoelectric alarms will be required to be installed in homes any time a smoke alarm is being replaced or a new one is being installed in any way
All new dwellings and substantially renovated properties are required to have the photoelectric alarms
All dwellings sold or leased; all Government-owned housing will be required to have photoelectric alarms installed
All domestic dwellings in QLD will be required to have the photoelectric alarms installed
Never preform electrical work yourself always use a licenced electrician.
CHOOSING & POSITIONING SMOKE ALARMS
There is overwhelming evidence that families have greater chances of escaping from fires unharmed if they have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms installed correctly.
Every Queensland home will need to have photoelectric, inter-connected smoke alarms in bedrooms, living areas and escape paths by 2027
Here is some Information provided by CHOICE
There is also a link to the full article "smoke alarm buying guide" By CHOICE.com.au
Photoelectric alarms are the best type for homes, as shown by past CHOICE tests and as recommended by most fire authorities. Photoelectric smoke alarms are much faster at detecting smoke than ionisation alarms. In a typical house fire, burning material smoulders and smokes for a long time (possibly a few hours) before flaring into flames. It's crucial to detect the fire early in the smouldering phase so you can deal with the fire or escape the house; the longer the fire goes on, the more smoke can fill the home and become an inhalation and visibility risk.
Studies have shown that photoelectric alarms typically respond to smoky fires within about three to five minutes. Most ionisation alarms take much longer – up to 20 minutes or more – by which time escape can be much more difficult.
OTHER SAFTEY MEASURES YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY
No one ever wants to be in the position where they are in a dangerous fire situation and there are some simple things you can do to help reduce your fire risk.
Home Fire Safety Tips
Ways WE CAN HELP you to reduce your risk