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Smoke Alarms

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services recommend that all residential accommodation be fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms.

When you go to sleep, your sense of smell also goes to sleep. If there is a fire, toxic fumes may overcome you before you wake up. Smoke alarms are devices that detect smoke and sound an alarm when activated. Smoke alarms alert and wake people allowing valuable time to get out of a house during a fire.

Smoke alarms should not be confused with smoke detectors, which are devices without an audible alarm function. Smoke detectors are generally used in commercial premises and connected to a central fire alarm system.

Reports indicate that the risk of death in a house fire is reduced by more than half if a properly maintained smoke alarm is installed.

Details of the new smoke alarm legislation commencing 1 January 2017.

Information Sheets

For more information, select from the following.





Legislation Summary
from 1 January 2017

Additional Information

Subsidy Scheme




Deaf Services Queensland

Wake Up to Smoke Alarms television commercial (mpg / 5.1 MB)

Wake Up - It's the Law radio commercial (mp3 / 253 KB)

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Last updated September 2016