Smoke alarm legislation passes in Tasmania
Legislation to make smoke alarms in Tasmanian rental properties compulsory is one step closer to being passed after it was approved in the House of Assembly this week (August 21).
State minister for consumer protection Nick McKim said under the proposed laws, all owners of a rental property in the state would be required to install working smoke alarms.
"A small fire can take two to three minutes to engulf a room and smoke alarms provide critical seconds for occupants to flee to safety," Mr McKim explained.
"This legislation will help save people's lives and property."
If the laws are passed by the Legislative Council, a battery or mains powered smoke alarm would be allowed for the first three years, and then a ten year non-removable battery or mains powered device would have to be installed.
"Property owners will have three years to budget for and arrange the installation of the ten year or mains alarms," he added.
Statistics show that in 80 per cent of fatal property fires, a smoke alarm was not fitted in the home.
Mr McKim said when a working smoke alarm is not present in a fire affected property, occupants are 26 per cent more likely to incur serious injury and more than half are liable to suffer property loss or damage.