Homeowner alert: It's time for new smoke alarms
HE CAN still hear the harps playing.
That's how happy North Maleny fire safety campaigner and former firefighter Adrian Butler is after 15 years of lobbying finally paid off.
The Queensland Government last night officially outlawed traditional ionisation smoke alarms with photoelectric smoke alarms to be rolled out statewide over the next decade.
After almost four hours of debating the State Government's 2016 version of the Bill was passed, Mr Butler praising both sides of politics for recognising the importance of introducing photoelectric alarms and resisting the urge to play political games with the issue.
"It isn't draconian, it's what should've happened 36 years ago," Mr Butler said.
"I'm very happy."
From January 1 next year any new or replacement smoke alarms will have to be photoelectric.
Legislation will see the new smoke alarms interconnected either through hardwire or wireless capacity and smoke alarms will have to be placed in every bedroom and exit paths.
The rollout will vary slightly for other dwellings but new homes, existing properties rented or sold and government housing all to be compliant within the next 10 years.
Mr Butler is confident it won't take that long to see photoelectric alarms completely replace ionisation smoke alarms.
"No one's really happy with it (10-year time frame) but you have to compromise to get legislation through," he said.
He said advances in wireless technology would also bring improved safety to both human life and property.
Mr Butler was effusive in his praise for the legislation passed which was put forward by Fire and Emergency Services Minister Bill Byrne.
"It's the best legislation anywhere in the world," Mr Butler said.
The fire safety advocate said it made sense for homeowners to go and purchase photoelectric alarms now, given their superiority in picking up fires in their earlier stages compared to ionisation alarms.
He said photoelectric alarms had also been shown to be five times less likely to trigger false alarms.
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