Smoke Alarms Save Lives

1 in 5 Queensland properties DO NOT have the proper smoke alarms!

The research, conducted by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) discovered a decreasing trend in the state-wide operational status of smoke alarms, with 80 per cent operational in 2018, down from 84 per cent in 2017 and 87 per cent in 2016.

The study found 37 per cent of South East Queensland residents have interconnected smoke alarms in their homes, just below the Queensland average (38 per cent).

Statewide, the research discovered smoke alarms are being installed in more places within homes, but are not being tested or maintained as frequently (80 per cent – 2018, 85 per cent – 2017, 87 per cent – 2016).

In South East Queensland, smoke alarms are most commonly found in hallways (78 per cent) and living areas (66 per cent).

Surprisingly, the research, which gathered the opinions of 2,257 respondents found only 25 per cent of homes in South East Queensland has a smoke alarm in their main bedroom.

These stats are scary!  There is new legislation that has been rolling out across Queensland since 2017, with the next big change coming into effect on 1 January 2022.

The legislation means every Queensland rental 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.

This means, that as Property Managers we have an obligation to not only keep your property safe but also your tenants.  As this date gets closer, we will keep you updated, as these changes may affect rentability and possibly landlords insurance if not complied with.

If you need any additional information specific to your property, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can help make sure you are covered.