KNOWLEDGE CENTRE

Welcome to the Civil Fire knowledge center! Our aim here is to answer some the questions we are asked on a regular basis.

If you have a question that we have not answered, please give us a call and we will try our best to help you.

 

Disclaimer: The information contained in this document is general in nature and provided as guidance material only. This information is not intended to replace the need for specific consultative advise. Information and links are correct at time of publishing. 

Exit & Emergency Lights

Exit and emergency lights have a shorter lifespan when compared to non-emergency lights. This is primarily because the circuitry of emergency lights is more complex than non-emergency lights.

Factors like quality of manufacture & exposure to environment will impact on the lifespan of an emergency light, however on average, a quality fitting should last for between 5 and 8 years.

Emergency lights in your building should be treated as a maintenance item like painting, or gardening.

Reducing False Alarms

Civil Fire installs photoelectric smoke alarms, which can ‘see’ the smoke.

 

They detect visible particles, and may be activated by things like steam from cooking or showering, lint from the dryer, or dust from construction activities.

Smoke Alarms for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

People who are deaf or have a severe hearing loss (cannot hear less than 85 dB) may have difficulty in hearing conventional smoke alarms and evacuation systems. 

There are specialised smoke alarms available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These have a strobe light and/or a vibrating pad that can be placed under the pillow which activates when the smoke alarm sounds and can be interconnected with conventional audible alarms in different locations within the home.

What is an AFSS?

An Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) is a document submitted by or on behalf of the owner of a building to their Local Council. In a nutshell, the document attests that the equipment listed on the fire safety schedule is in capable of performing to the standard to which it was installed.

Just like your car rego, a building has to be inspected to ensure it is 'roadworthy'.

Under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, responsibility is placed on the owner of the building to ensure that each of the fire safety measures have been assessed by a properly qualified person. A copy of the AFSS and the NSW Fire Brigades. A copy of the statement or certificate must also be prominently displayed in the building

FRNSW - False Alarm Fees

Will your building be fined for calling the fire brigade?

10 Year Old Smoke Alarms

Do you really need to replace your smoke alarm just because it is over 10 years old?

Asbestos Fire Doors

Prior to around 1982 asbestos was often used in fire doors. Lots of older-style buildings in Sydney will still have fire doors containing asbestos.

 

Undisturbed asbestos in good condition does not pose a health risk because the asbestos fibres remain undisturbed within the door structure, however if the door is damaged or if the core of the door is disturbed fibres may be released into the air.

 

The only way to be absolutely certain that a door contains asbestos is to undertake laboratory testing.

Passive Fire Protection

The passive elements of fire protection are all-too-often overlook in a building.

AS3786 vs. AS1670 Fire Detection Systems

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The Annual Fire Safety Inspection

Smoke alarms: Civil Fire technicians will need to carry out a brief function test of your units required smoke alarm and will be checking that the smoke alarm is installed in the correct location.

Fire doors: a brief visual inspection of the doors to ensure that their fire rating has not been compromised - we check self-closing & self-latching, gaps and hardware.

Other: Smoke units have sprinklers, heat detectors, dampers, fire resistant ceilings 

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What is an

AFSS?

An Annual Fire Safety Statement is a document which confirms the building’s fire safety equipment is compliant and has been assessed by a qualified assessor to meet the requirements of its design.

 

Failure to loge by the due date can result in hefty fines.

TESTIMONIALS

“CIVIL FIRE HAS MANAGED THE FIRE SAFETY MAINTENANCE AT OUR PROPERTY FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS. THEIR TECHNICIANS ARE ALWAYS ON TIME AND POLITE & I CAN TRUST OUR BUILDING IS ACTUALLY COMPLIANT"

MARIANNE GRANT / EC CHAIRPERSON - NEUTRAL BAY

STRATA MANAGER

“YOU GUYS ARE REALLY ON TOP OF THINGS - AND SO KNOWLEDGEABLE. THANK YOU!"