Safety Check for New Buildings: Why Fire Risk Assessment Must Be Prioritised?

06 January 2022

New South Wales Fire Safety Regulations require that business property owners have their company premises inspected, serviced, maintained and certified annually to ensure adequate fire safety protection and compliance. Commercial property owners are legally liable for ensuring fire safety compliance for their buildings, and non-compliance can result in financial penalties. All commercial buildings need to have updated, approved fire safety measures and equipment installed and in excellent working order to prevent serious injury to employees and property damage if a fire should occur. Your fire safety consultant and practitioner can perform a complete inspection and audit of your property and […]

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Avoid the Following Fines and Legal Penalties for Non-Adherence to Fire Safety Standards and Protocols

16 December 2021

In the year 2000, the NSW State Government introduced a stringent punishment framework to help the neighbourhood Council in enforcing compliance with current fire safety regulations. Because of Amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, building proprietors who are late (even one day) in submitting their Annual Fire Safety Statements (AFSS) may get a $500 fine in the first week after the Statement is submitted. What Happens If You Still Fail to Comply? If this continues to happen, the fine logically increases in increments of $500 every week consistently from there onwards. It even reaches up to a […]

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The Basics of Fire Seals and Fire Protective Linings Inspections and How It’s Done

03 December 2021

The basis of inspection, test and routine servicing of compartment integrity is to distinguish the respective vertical and even barriers and their respective fire-resistance level (FRL) or smoke requirements and to ensure all openings or service penetrations and control joints in these barriers don’t compromise the presentation of the fire and smoke compartments. Passive fire and smoke elements can be promptly inspected without the de-construction (demolition) of any structural elements. Inaccessible elements might be avoided from the service schedule. All passive fire and smoke systems shall be inspected and tested every year. Fire Seals are the latest age in fire […]

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Planning a Fire Safety System Upgrade? Follow These Requirements from Key Compliance

19 November 2021

A commercial structure’s fire security infrastructure is arguably the most critical of its life safety systems. Building proprietors and facility managers depend on it to recognize and stifle smoke and fire, evacuate occupants rapidly, alert crisis faculty, and maintain local code compliance — all without a moment’s delay. Fire pumps have a life expectancy of 50 years, yet entirely provided that appropriately maintained and annually tried. And 50-year-old systems, while they may, in any case, be code compliant, may not match the capabilities of more up to date gear. For example, today’s fire concealment systems have significantly faster reaction times […]

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Ensure Your Safety with this Fire Door Checklist According to Australian Building Regulations

04 November 2021

A fire door is a door with a fire-resistance rating (sometimes referred to as a fire protection rating for closures) used as part of a passive fire protection system to reduce the spread of fire or smoke between compartments and to enable safe evacuation from a building. Exit Doors are a critical part of the fire and safety infrastructure of a building. By law, there are very specific locking requirements required for Exit Doors. Locks used on Exit Doors – which also include Fire Doors and Path of Travel Doors – are governed by Building Codes of Australia (BCA) Ordinance. […]

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