The Scope and Primary Objectives of Fire Safety Audits11 October 2022
Fire can be devastating to any property. Without extinguishing it quickly, it can spread to various places on a property in a very short time. As the strength of its flames intensifies, it can easily deteriorate property structure as well as burn everything on its path. Smoke, alternatively, can cause serious injuries to anyone who may be trapped inside.
The sight of a burned home or workplace can be heartbreaking and tragic, especially if there are casualties. And so, property owners must allocate time and energy to have their properties inspected and audited. They should also invest in the right set of fire safety devices and equipment so that any instance of fire can be prevented or mitigated very quickly.
The Importance of Fire Safety Audits
One type of audit that should be done to make properties safe from fire is a fire safety audit. This type of audit entails a systematic and careful inspection of the property to confirm if it maximises the right set of fire safety and protection equipment or not. A fire safety audit also checks the existence of a fire safety system on a property, making sure that every fire safety and protection equipment can work and be operated optimally.
There are numerous reasons why fire safety audits must be done.
For one, fire safety audits can effectively assess the adequacy and efficacy of a property’s fire safety equipment and systems. These audits are likewise conducted to determine whether fire safety equipment and systems all meet the benchmarks and qualities set by Australian Standards and building codes, document the performance of the said fire safety elements, and make recommendations to further improve the fire safety of properties.
Making Your Property Safe from Fire
Property owners can only comply with the fire safety standards by authorities if their buildings have an adequate amount of fire safety and extinguishing equipment. They can likewise pass any inspection if they often subject their fire safety and extinguishing equipment to regular and routine inspections, testing, maintenance, and servicing. Properties can ultimately be safe from fire and comply with fire safety standards if they maximise enough unobstructed and safe fire exits and egress points.
Some examples of fire safety equipment that properties should possess are fire detectors, alarm systems, emergency lighting, exit signs, fire sprinkler system, fire hydrants, and fire doors.
Steps Following the Fire Safety Audit
Once the status audit report has been finalised and completed, property owners or representatives must sign the annual fire safety statement or AFSS within three months of the assessment. The annual fire safety statement must then be compiled, while identified defects must be addressed right away.
A copy of AFSS must then be forwarded to the relevant Council. It must also be displayed prominently in the subject building so that occupants can somehow feel safe.
Once these things are done, essential services and the life safety systems inside the property must be ultimately inspected, tested, and maintained on an ongoing basis. Doing these tasks allow property owners to keep occupants safe once fire emergencies occur. Non-compliance, after all, will only lead to financial penalties, risk of voiding insurance cover, tremendous legal liabilities and expenses, and damage to reputation.
To have your building audited, you can contact us at Key Compliance.