The Queensland Fire and Rescue Services recommend that all residential accommodation be fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms.
When you go to sleep, your sense of smell also goes to sleep. If there is a fire, toxic fumes may overcome you before you wake up. Smoke alarms are devices that detect smoke and sound an alarm when activated. Smoke alarms alert and wake people allowing valuable time to get out of a house during a fire.
Smoke alarms should not be confused with smoke detectors, which are devices without an audible alarm function. Smoke detectors are generally used in commercial premises and connected to a central fire alarm system.
Reports indicate that the risk of death in a house fire is reduced by more than half if a properly maintained smoke alarm is installed.