Rules set safety on beds

SHORT-term rental accommodation providers are now required to meet a new mandatory bunk bed safety standard.

Fair Trading executive director Brian Bauer said the standard, put in place yesterday, was to keep children safe.

"Almost 300 children are treated each year in Queensland hospital emergency departments for bunk-bed related injuries," Mr Bauer said.

"The key safety feature of the new rules is that top bunks must have safety rails and there must not be any gaps that a child's body can slip through or trap a child's head.

"Under the regulation, it is illegal to supply or offer rooms in hotels, resorts, holiday camps or other short-term accommodation that have non-compliant bunk beds where persons up to the age of 16 are likely to stay.

"It is the responsibility of owners and property agents to ensure their accommodation is now up to standard."

The maximum penalty for breaching the safety standard is $200,000 for an individual and $1.1 million for a body corporate.



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