• FAQ
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  • What is an annual fire safety statement an do I need one? An annual fire safety statement is a certain certificate submitted by or on behalf of the building owner, it certifies specified essential fire safety measures have been tested, are not damaged, are operational an have had the correct preventative maintenance to comply with the relevant building code of Australia requirements and Australian standards.
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  • What is the risks involved with an incorrect annual fire safety statement? Even if you statement has been signed by your fire company or agent, responsibility for accurateness remains in the owners hands. If it was incorrect an somebody was injured in that building, liability would first be placed on the owner unless they can prove otherwise. So please assure the person signing your statement knows what they are doing & has track records or qualifications to prove so.
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  • Are smoke alarms compulsory in residential premises?  Yes, all new buildings, renovated & leased premises are to be fitted with working smoke alarms under the Smoke Alarms Act AS3786, AS1670.1
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  • Do I need to submit my annual fire safety statement to council? Yes, Every building excluding class 1 (Houses) is required to provide an annual fire statement to the council to comply with the “Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000)
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  • Although your home may not require an annual fire safety statement, House fires are common an some are preventable if the right precautions are followed to identify possible risks associated with fires starting in the home, Extinguishers & Fire Blankets can installed and can be a good way to tackle small fires within a home if detected in time, if your unsure of what to do its always best to evacuate an call 000, Fire Fighters are trained to be the hero so please do not take this into your own hands if feeling overwhelmed.

 

 Simple actions can be everyday preventatives. These include

 

  • Supervising cooking equipment, Heaters, Candles & Open Fires, you should never walk away, fire can quickly become out of control
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  • Storing Matches ,Lighters and flammables out of reach from children
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  • Leave at least 1 meter of open space in front of heaters, and never leave unsupervised; Clothes an various items can ignite an quickly become the cause of major damages an loss associated with house fires.
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  • Good maintenance of clothes dryers, cleaning lint filters regularly an letting cool down cycles finish  completely can effectively reduce the risk of running your appliance at a higher temperature than designed, also reducing the risk associated with dryers becoming the ignition point of a house fire.
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  • Smoke detectors are required by law to be fitted in your home you should have one fitted on each level of the home. To ensure they won’t fail in the event of an emergency they should be clean and regularly tested to ensure the detector has not exceeded it life expectancy an is in conditional working order.

Holiday seasons can also have many fire risks, If using a real christmas tree, remember to water it daily, lights strung around a drying christmas tree can be a huge potential ignition.

 

Keep bedside lamps & nightlights clear of curtians , bedspreads , sheets an other fabrics; They may ignite when exposed to heat.

 

Always be cautious when using electric blankets, an always switch them off before falling asleep.

 

 

 

 

Class

 

Example

 

Extinguishing Medium

A

Clothing fire

 

 

  • Pyjamas
  • Shirt
  • Pants
  • Water
  • Fire Blanket

A

Small Carbonaceous Fire

 

 

  • Waste Paper Bin
  • Foam
  • ABE Powder
  • Wet Chemical
  • Vaporising Liquid
  • Carbon Dioxide (limited)
  • Water

A

Large Carbonaceous Fire

 

 

  • Pallet of Cardboard
  • Water
  • Foam
  • ABE Powder

B

Petroleum Based Liquids

 

 

  • Petrol
  • Oil
  • Grease
  • Turps
  • BE & ABE Powder
  • Foam
  • Vaporising Liquid (limited)
  • Carbon Dioxide (limited)

B

Polar Solvents

 

 

  • Cleaning Spirits
  • Alcohols
  • BE & ABE Powder
  • Alcohol Resisting Foam
  • Vaporising Liquid (limited)
  • Carbon Dioxide (limited)

C

Gas Fire

 

 

  • BBQ
  • Natural Gas
  • LPG
  • Acetylene
  • NOTE- Gas Fires should not be extinguished unless the gas supply is closed
  • BE & ABE Powder

D

Metal Fires

  • Special Powder

E

Fires Involving Energised Electrical Equipment

 

 

  • Fuse Box
  • Computer Equipment
  • BE & ABE Powder
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Vaporising Liquid

F

Cooking oil & Fat

 

D

  • Dripping
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Wet Chemical
  • BE Powder
  • Foam (limited)
  • Fire Blanket
  • Carbon Dioxide (limited)
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