Passive Fire Protection

Passive Fire measures are designed to stop (or slow) the spread of fire from one part of the building to another. Most buildings have Passive Fire protection measures – even if they are not specifically listed on the AFSS.

Emergency Lights

In an emergency situation emergency lights should run on their backup battery for at least 90-minutes. Australian Standards require that exit & emergency lights be tested every 6 months. Exit and emergency lights have a shorter lifespan when compared to non-emergency lights.

Smoke Alarms & Landlord Obligations

Landlords have clear obligations when it comes to the installation, repair and maintenance of smoke alarms.
So who is responsible for what?
Landlords can engage Civil Fire to fulfil their obligations for $75 + GST each year.

Paths of Travel

Safe Passage Fire Exit

Maintaining exits, and clear paths of travel to exits is critical in ensuring occupants can escape in the event of an emergency. So what are the requirements?

Fire Sprinklers

Fire Sprinkler

Fire sprinklers are a highly effective method of fire suppression. But in order for them to operate effectively they need to have adequate clearance and coverage. We’ll explore some of the common issues we see with sprinklers in residential strata buildings.

Hoarding & Fire Safety

Hoarding is a condition
where a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions. It is well recognized that hoarding behaviour increases the risk of fire. So what can be done? And can the fire safety technician do anything at an annual inspection?

Preventing faults & alarms on FIP

Fire Indicator Panel

Unwanted faults & alarms are a challenge for residents and fire protection companies alike. Ordinary activities – cooking in particular – produce airborne particles which can activate smoke detectors. There alarms are often referred to as “nuisance alarms”.


An Annual Fire Safety Statement is a certificate that attests that each Essential Fire Safety Measure installed in the building been assessed by a Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety), adn was found to be capable of performing to the standard required by the most recent Fire Safety Schedule. The owner of the building is required to provide a new AFSS to Council and the Fire Brigade every 12 months and to display the current AFSS prominently at the premises.

Smoke Alarms for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Hard of Hearing ear

The standard smoke alarm is suitable to wake most mild to moderately hard of hearing people. People who are deaf or have a severe hearing loss however, may have difficulty hearing conventional smoke alarms. There are specialised solutions available.

A resident’s guide to fire doors

Your unit entry doorset is an “essential fire safety measure”. The doorset consists of the fire door leaf, door hardware, the door frame and the fixing to the surrounding fire wall. Under the legislation, your doorset is required to be inspected once a year to verify it meets the performance requirements of AS1905.1 – 2005 and the manufacturers approved specifications. So what is actually being checked?