The Queensland Government and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service launched a new campaign in early October aimed at reminding Queenslanders about the importance of smoke alarms, particularly photoelectric alarms.
Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the 2011 Report on Government Services showed that around 90 per cent of Queensland homes had a working smoke alarm fitted, despite it being the law.
“House fires can be deadly. Tragically 18 people have lost their lives in residential house fires in Queensland since the start of this year, including the devastating loss of 11 lives in a fire at Slack’s Creek,” he said.
“The government and the fire service are launching a new $600,000 campaign with two goals- to increase the proportion of Queensland homes that have at least one working smoke alarm and to promote photoelectric alarms.”
Fire Commissioner Lee Johnson said evidence was growing that photoelectric smoke alarms were more likely to save lives in a wider range of fires.
“it is in the critical early stages of a fire that photoelectric smoke alarms come into their own, because they more effectively detect particles of smoke before there are flames.”
Commissioner Johnson said the better technology has shown itself to be more effective in slow smouldering fires, and just as reliable in detecting fast flaming fires.
More information on photoelectric smoke alarms is available on the Queensland Fire and Service website fire.qld.gov.au or by calling the Queensland Government call centre on 1300 369 003
Source : REIQ Journal (November 2011)