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Smoke detection systems

 

Smoke alarms 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.

 

Smoke alarm laws

By law, all homes and units in Queensland must be fitted with smoke alarms. It is your responsibility to make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed.

 

Your obligations

  • Homes built before 1 July 1997 must have at least one 9-volt battery-operated smoke alarm
  • Homes built or significantly renovated after 1 July 1997 must have a 240-volt (hard-wired) smoke alarm.
  • Buildings submitted for approval from 1st May 2014 must have hard-wired and interconnected smoke alarms.

 

For more information on smoke alarm requirements, visit https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/safety/smoke-alarms.html

 

 

Types of Smoke Alarms

 

Ionisation Alarms

Ionisation smoke alarms respond well to fast flaming fires, that give off little visible smoke.

Ionisation smoke detectors require a very low power to operate and traditionally have been the most regularly used residential smoke alarms. Ionisation smoke detectors are most effective for invisible particles of combustion such as those found in fast flaming, low smoke fires.

Photoelectric Alarms

Photoelectric smoke alarms are best at detecting smoky and smoldering fires (often associated with visible smoke). These contain a photo cell with an internal light source registering on this cell. When smoke enters and disturbs this set up the alarm triggers.

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