Qld Govt moves to make smoke alarms mandatory in bedrooms

THE Palaszczuk Government has moved to mandate the installation of smoke alarms in the bedrooms of all Queensland homes, in response to a coroner's report into Australia's worst house fire.

Eleven people, including eight children, died when fire tore through a house at Slacks Creek in Logan, south of Brisbane, in August 2011.

The house was fitted with two smoke alarms but neither had worked for several years.

In handing down his findings, coroner James McDougall said the fire was not deliberately lit, but that had any of the smoke alarms been working there was "a reasonable prospect that all or some of the victims could have escaped".

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Bill Byrne today introduced a bill to State Parliament that would require photoelectric smoke alarms to be installed in the bedrooms and connecting areas of all homes.

Read more at the ABC


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