Senate Inquiry into the use of smoke alarms

On 25 June 2015, the Senate referred the following matter to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry:

The use of smoke alarms to prevent smoke and fire related deaths, with particular reference to:

  1. the incidence of smoke and fire related injuries and deaths and associated damage to property;) the incidence of smoke and fire related injuries and deaths and associated damage to property;
  2. the immediate and long term effects of such injuries and deaths;
  3. how the use, type and installation set-ups of smoke alarms could affect such injuries and deaths;
  4. what smoke alarms are in use in owner-occupied and rented dwellings and the installation set-ups;
  5. how the provisions of the Australian Building Code relating to smoke alarm type, installation and use can be improved;
  6. whether there are any other legislative or regulatory measures which would minimise such injuries and deaths; and
  7. any related matter.

The Committee received 29 submissions and held three public hearings in Brisbane (29 October 2015) and Canberra (4 December 2015 and 22 February 2016).

On 20 April 2016, the Committee tabled its report which included seven recommendations.

On 13 October 2016, the Australian Government tabled its response to the report in the Senate.

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