Can I install downlights, ducted air conditioning, ceiling exhaust fans or manholes in my unit ceiling?
Well yes… but you need to be very careful if your ceiling designed to have a “resistance to the incipient spread of fire to the roof space for a period of not less than 60 minutes”.
Fire rated ceilings are an fire safety measure, designed to slow the spread of fire from one part of the building to another.
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.
Security screens on fire doors
– Security screen doors may obstruct or restrict a path of travel to an exit, as it swings open.
– Depending on how the screen door is affixed to the door or door frame, it may compromise the fire rating of the door.
– Locking mechanisms may make it difficult for emergency services to access the property in the event of an emergency.
– Occupants may be inclined to leave their fire door propped open – with security screen locked – in order to enable great ventilation or air flow.
Why install a security screen?
Security screens are usually installed for one of two reasons:
Airflow / Ventilation
If security is the key concern, the resident may consider installing a peep-hole that is approved for use with the particular fire door that is installed.
Civil Fire’s general advice is: don’t fit a screen door unless you get written advice from an accredited consultant to say you can.
Remember, owners & residents should not make any modifications to their fire door without seeking written approval from the Owners Corporation. Unit entry doors (fire doors) are not owned by the owner of the unit.
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