"So why, given that photoelectric alarms are considered by virtually everyone involved in the fire emergency prevention and safety industry to be the safest and most appropriate fire safety and prevention devices, are Australians still able to purchase and install ionisation smoke alarms? The reason is that the Australian government has failed to act."


"Test data since 1993 shows ionisation alarms fail to activate in Australian standards testing until more than three times the maximum safe limits set for the photoelectric alarms."


"Northern Territory regulations were recently amended in the form of the Fire and Emergency Amendment (Smoke Alarm Regulations) 2011 to require existing ionisation smoke alarms that stopped working to be replaced with photoelectric alarms. This became effective from 1 November 2011. As a result, photoelectric smoke alarms must now be installed in all new homes built in the Northern Territory."


The WFSF congratulates Senator Lazarus on his Senate Speech and for securing the Senate Inquiry (see below).

February 2015 - Press Release

Senator Lazarus Vows to Fix Smoke Alarm Laws in Australia

June 2015 - Press Release

Senator Lazarus: We Must Stop House Fire Deaths

June 2015 - Australian Senate Inquiry

Use of Smoke Alarms to Prevent Smoke and Fire Related Deaths


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  place to live; not because

  of the people who are evil,

  but because of the people

  who do nothing about it."

Albert Einstein

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 justice can have."

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is for good men..
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Senator Glenn Lazarus Vows to Improve Smoke Alarm Laws

Australian Government Parliamentary Speech  | 11 February 2015


Senator Glenn Lazarus has vowed to improve smoke alarm laws in Australia. He slammed the inaction of the Australian Building Codes Board to amend Australia’s Building Code to mandate photoelectric smoke alarms in all Australian homes.


Hansard Transcript

See the complete Hansard Transcript of the speech below.


Senate Smoke Alarm Inquiry

Find out about the Australian Government's Senate Inquiry into Smoke Alarms.