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NSW must increase fire safety 

21 February 2018

Damning new research obtained by Smoke Alarm Solutions, discovered only 75 per cent (1) of New South Wales homes have working smoke alarms, compared to 85 per cent (2) of households in Queensland. 

The legislation also differs between the two states, so should New South Wales follow Queensland and change its smoke alarm legislation?

All rental properties in Queensland must have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms by 2022, with owner occupiers given until 2027 to comply.

In contrast, New South Wales requires all residents to have at least one working smoke alarm installed on each level of a premises (including owner-occupied homes, rental properties, relocatable homes, caravans, moveable dwellings or any other residential building where people sleep).

Interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are particularly responsive to smouldering fires and dense smoke. They also communicate with each other, meaning your bedroom alarm will sound if the smoke alarm in the kitchen is triggered.

NSW residents playing Russian roulette with safety

Fire & Rescue New South Wales investigations also discovered 56 per cent of home fire deaths in New South Wales did not have a working smoke alarm.

Cameron Davis, Smoke Alarm Solutions CEO, said: “The research proves New South Wales residents are blasé about fire safety and playing Russian roulette with the safety and lives of family and friends.

“At an absolute minimum, working smoke alarms should be in every New South Wales home, ideally interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms located in hallways, living areas and bedrooms.

“Nobody thinks it’ll happen to them, but Fire & Rescue New South Wales will attend almost 300 house fires this month that will claim the lives of at least two people.

“Families and landlords have a responsibility to ensure their properties are safe and there is no better investment than an up-to-date and working smoke alarm.”

1Fire & Rescue New South Wales
2Queensland Fire and Emergency Service

About Smoke Alarm Solutions 

Smoke Alarm Solutions is the largest provider of smoke alarm compliance and maintenance services to the Australian real estate industry.

The company provides a comprehensive risk-mitigation service down Australia’s eastern seaboard, which ensures landlords do adhere to their legislative responsibilities, property managers meet their duty of care requirements and tenants are safe from the dangers of fire. 

Smoke Alarm Solutions has also been proactive in educating the sector via its informative investor and property manager new legislation breakfasts, as well as working with REINSW at their events.

Smoke Alarm Solutions primary aim is to provide a cost-effective and user-friendly service that will reduce the liability and stress surrounding such an imperative and intricate set of guidelines involved with smoke alarm compliance.