USA, England, NZ more fire conscious than Queenslanders

QLD Fire Facts

Damning new research has revealed Queenslanders are lagging behind the USA, England and New Zealand when it comes to smoke alarm safety.

  • 95 per cent1 of U.S. households have at least one smoke alarm installed in their home;
  • 93 per cent2 of English households have at least one smoke alarm;
  • 87 per cent3 of properties in New Zealand have working smoke alarms.

In contrast, 85 per cent8 of Queensland properties have operational smoke alarms. The Queensland research, conducted by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and obtained by Smoke Alarm Solutions discovered 79 per cent of households in Far Northern Queensland have operational smoke alarms, compared to 82 per cent of homes in Central Queensland and 87 per cent in Brisbane.

However, research discovered the prevalence of smoke alarms in the Sunshine State is superior to Canada, Ireland, Denmark and France.

  • 83 per cent4 of properties in Canada have operational smoke alarms;
  • 80 per cent5 of properties in Ireland have working smoke alarms;
  • 73 per cent6 of Danish households have at least one smoke alarm;
  • 15 per cent7 of properties in France are fitted with smoke alarms.

Smoke Alarm Solutions CEO Cameron Davis said the international rankings prove Queenslanders are nonchalant about fire safety.

“Working smoke alarms should be in every home, but 15 per cent of Queenslanders are betting on the lives of their family and friends,” Mr Davis said.

“Nobody thinks they’ll be the victim of a house fire, but 160 Queensland families will experience the devastating consequences of a house fire this month.”

New Queensland smoke alarm legislation, which was introduced following an inquest into the tragic death of 11 people in a house fire at Slacks Creek in 2011 will come into effect 1 January 2022 and will impact every one of the state’s 566,000 rental properties.

Agents and landlords who do not comply could face serious consequences, including hefty fines and possible jail time.

The new legislation will ensure a higher level of safety in all rental properties. By 1 January 2022 all rental properties in Queensland must:

  • Have smoke alarms installed in every bedroom;
  • Have smoke alarms powered by either 240 volt or 10-year lithium batteries;
  • Have interconnected smoke alarms;
  • Have photoelectric smoke alarms;
  • Ensure smoke alarms meet Australian Standard 3786:2014.

Mr Davis said it is vital agents, property managers and landlords’ source reputable smoke alarm compliance and maintenance operators with a track record outstanding service so renters are fully protected and receive early warnings in the event of a house fire.

“The legislation changes have seen dishonest and opportunistic smoke alarm compliance providers and industry cowboys with limited experience popping up all over the place,” Mr Davis said.

“If your smoke alarm compliance provider places profit above safety, it’s time to find a new provider.”

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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 partnering with the REIQ 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.