2.33 The committee recommends that Australian
governments collaboratively establish a national database of residential fire
incidents and that state and territory fire and emergency services are
adequately resourced to collect and report data to that national database.
2.36 The committee recommends that Australian
governments consider establishing a national residential fire reporting and
recording mechanism to capture statistics of currently unreported residential
3.40 The committee recommends that the National
Construction Code is amended to require the installation of interconnected, and
preferably mains powered, photoelectric smoke alarms, supplemented where
appropriate by ionisation smoke alarms, in every residential property and
specify the type of smoke alarm to be used at different locations within each
residential property, taking into account the different smoke detection
properties of photoelectric and ionisation smoke alarms.
3.41 The committee recommends, to give effect to
Recommendation 3, that all state and territory governments adopt the amended
National Construction Code and agree to apply it to all residential properties,
irrespective of the age of a property.
3.43 The committee recommends that all states and
territories implement mandatory compliance checks of smoke alarms in
residential properties whenever a property is sold, tenanted or hired.
3.50 The committee recommends that the Commonwealth,
state and territory governments develop and implement a package of measures,
including but not limited to a website and resources for key stakeholders, to
educate Australians about:
types of smoke alarms;
benefits associated with installing smoke alarms with different smoke detection
properties in particular locations within a property;
smoke alarm requirements that apply to residential properties in each
importance of regular smoke alarm testing and maintenance;
has responsibility for installing and maintaining smoke alarms, and advice
about how to do this or seek assistance to do so; and
triggers for compliance checking of smoke alarms (for example at time of sale,
tenancy or hire).
3.53 In the event Australian governments are unwilling
to amend the National Construction Code and apply it to all building stock
irrespective of classification and age, the committee recommends that they
consider implementing a nation-wide smoke alarm household installation scheme
that includes consultation with:
and emergency services, housing providers and the real estate agency industry;
and organisations working with vulnerable members of the community.
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