New smoke alarm laws mobilised
CARAVAN owners will now have to install smoke alarms in their homes on wheels.
The new regulation came into force on Monday, requiring residents and holiday-makers “in all moveable dwellings where people sleep” to fit the alarms.
Site vans and backyard caravans are covered by the new regulation, which also requires a “hush” button, to reduce the nuisance of false alarms from cooking.
The move will affect caravans in holiday parks around the state – though many park managers are ahead of the game.
Paul Brooks, who manages the Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park, said all its permanent caravans and cabins were equipped with smoke alarms.
“We’ve been really vigilant,” Mr Brooks said.
“You can’t put people into accommodation without those safeguards.”
Mr Brooks said he had been setting up a backpackers’ hostel in Brisbane at the time of the Childers hostel fire and that it had sent a shiver down his spine.