FPA Australia appears at Smoke Alarm Enquiry

Posted on : Tuesday, 8 December 2015

FPA Australia has appeared before the Federal Senate Inquiry into the use of smoke alarms to prevent smoke and fire related deaths.


Earlier this year the Association lodged a detailed submission to the inquiry which outlined our position on this important issue.


The Association believes that the current requirements for residential smoke alarms in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) can be further improved at minimal cost by specifying the most appropriate detection technology for the type of fire expected at the period of highest risk-aphotoelectric smoke alarm to cover smouldering fires producing visible smoke when occupants are sleeping.


The BCA requirements can also be improved by providing more specific location requirements-especially that smoke alarms are provided in egress paths-to ensure smoke alarms achieve their purpose.


At the senate enquiry hearing the Association's representative, Chief Technical Officer / Deputy CEO Matthew Wright, outlined the recomendations made in our submission and supported the statements made by representatives from several state fire brigades on the issue.


The Association was complimented by the senators in attendance for the depth of our submission and understanding of the issues under discussion. We look forward to recomendations from the inquiry and we are confident these will include positive steps towards reforming the regulation of home fire alarms for the protection of life safety in Australia. 


To view all submissions to the Senate enquiry including FPA Australia's, visit the inquiry website here.

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