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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Fire doors must be able to self-close and self-latch after every opening, which is why it is mandatory for fire doors to have closers. Are you finding that your closer is making your fire door feel so heavy that you can barely open it? There is a solution!
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?
Whilst Civil Fire strongly recommends that all 10 year old smoke alarms are replaced, it may not necessarily be required under the law – but that depends on which law we’re referring to.
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.
The Public Health Order has been updated to provide clarity to our industry – Fire Safety services are to continue even under the tightened COVID-19 restrictions. Civil Fire have implemented a COVID-19 plan to ensure that staff and residents are safe while fire safety inspections and repairs continue.