A surprising number of Queensland households do not have operational smoke alarms installed, a report has revealed.
Research by Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Service has revealed 15% of owners and investors do not take the extra step to protect their properties.
The situation was far worse in Far North Queensland; 21% of households didn’t have an operational alarm. In Central Queensland, it was 18%, and in Brisbane 13%.
QFRS’ research also found that 20% of QLD households had a smoke alarm in their main bedroom, despite new legislation that all QLD properties must have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms by 2022 in rental properties and owner-occupied properties by 2027.
Also revealed in the research was that the larger a property, the more likely it would have smoke alarms – 46% of properties with three or more storeys had smoke alarms on each storey, 16% for two-storey houses and only 3% for one-storey houses.
Younger property owners aged 18-24 are likely to have not tested their smoke alarms over the last year, it was also reported.
Cameron Davis, Smoke Alarm Solutions CEO, said the research shows the necessity of ensuring all your fire alarms are in working order.
“Working smoke alarms should be in every home, but 15% of Queenslanders are playing Russian roulette with their safety and the lives of their family and friends,” Mr Davis said.
“Nobody thinks it’ll happen to them, but 160 Queensland families will be the victim of a house fire this month.
“Families and landlords have a responsibility to ensure their properties are safe. There is no better investment than an up-to-date and working smoke alarm.”
Changes to the smoke alarm legislation will impact on every one of the state’s estimated 550,000 rental properties by 2022.