On the 1st of January 2017, 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,” he said.

“The evidence is overwhelming that interconnected smoke alarms and installing them in bedrooms greatly increases the chances of families escaping from fires unharmed.”

New laws mandating the installation of photoelectric smoke alarms in all Queensland homes will make households safer, the State Government says.

Laws have been passed to make smoke alarms mandatory in all bedrooms as part of the Government’s response to a coroner’s report into Australia’s worst house fire at Slacks Creek, south of Brisbane, in 2011.

Read more about the changes and how they affect you.

Slacks Creek House Fire 2016

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