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FCF Fire & Electrical help Aussie businesses and homes stay safe by supplying and maintaining fire protection equipment for:
Welcome to FCF Fire and Electrical
FCF Fire and Electrical Specialises in Commercial and Residential Fire Protection and Electrical services. As Fire Protection Association Australia members, we can assist you with:
- Supply, installation and Maintenance of Fire Safety Equipment
- Fire Safety Training
- Electrical Services
Our fully qualified Fire Technicians and Electricians are on stand by to deliver you Australia’s best fire safety and electrical service. For a free, fast quote, contact us today.
Supply Installation and Maintenance of Fire Protection Equipment
Australian businesses are required by law to maintain a level of fire safety in the workplace. Regulations such as AS1851 outline the types of equipment that should be installed. It is important to follow these guidelines to ensure your business is 100% fire safety compliant. The types of fire protection equipment required will vary from business to business. We know the correct equipment for your business operations. Some of the basic types of fire protection equipment we specialise in are:
There are 6 main different types of fire extinguishers that can be installed in your business. We know the right type for your business as well as the quantity and location these extinguishers need to placed. We also know the correct signage to display according to the Australian Standards. When it comes to fire safety, your business can’t afford to get it wrong. Protect your staff and customers and ensure you are 100% Fire Safety Compliant.
Emergency Exit Signs
Australian businesses are required to have emergency exit signs installed. This is to help staff and personnel safely exit in the case of a fire emergency. Australian Standards determine where Emergency lights should be placed within a building. We know where and how many emergency exit lights need to be installed in your building. These lights also need to be serviced and maintained periodically.
Another piece of common fire protection equipment is a fire blanket. These are particularly handy for putting out fires associated with cooking fat and oils. For this reason they should be installed in any commercial kitchen. They are used to extinguish small fires. They don’t cause the same amount of mess and damage that a fire extinguisher can often cause.
Smoke detectors are proven life savers. They should be installed in places of commercial accomodation. Hotels, motels, hostels and boarding schools are all required to have working smoke detectors installed. When not properly maintained, smoke detectors can malfunction or cause false alarms. Its essential and in many cases a legal obligation for businesses to ensure their smoke alarms are working periodically.
Fire Alarm Panels
Smoke detectors are also part of Fire Control Panels or Fire Alarm Panels. These systems are an integral part of a building’s fire safety. They are used to detect and respond to fire using a pre determined response action. Larger office buildings and hotels must have their fire alarm panel regularly tested. We can assist with the supply, installation and maintenance of Fire Alarm Panels nation wide.
Other Protection Components
As well as the above fire safety equipment, we can also supply, install or maintain other components to a buildings fire safety. This includes fire hydrants, fire hose reels, and eye wash stations. We can also devise an emergency evacuation procedure. This is vital for all public buildings and workplaces to have. We can also train your staff on the emergency procedures and instruct them on how to use fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers.
Fire Equipment Maintenance
Once Fire Equipment is installed in your business it must be maintained to ensure it is fully operational. Different states have different standards when it comes to fire equipment maintenance. Regardless of the standard, it is smart to have your fire protection equipment maintained on a periodic basis. This includes the electrical test and tagging of all electrical equipment. Detecting a fault in advance can prevent damage to expensive equipment. It can also prevent injury and fire.
Fire Equipment Servicing FAQs
Is it necessary to get my fire extinguisher maintained?
Your fire extinguisher should be serviced regularly, so that it can operate properly when required during an emergency. Even when legislation does not demand regular maintenance, the Fire Protection Association of Australia (FPA Australia) advises that routine services should be performed to protect potential users.
Is a smoke alarm compulsory in residential buildings?
Yes. Under the Smoke Alarms act, every leased, renovated and new building should have an operational smoke alarm.
What is a Yearly Statement of Fire Safety?
This statement is provided by building owners to confirm that vital fire safety practices have been adopted within their premises. Also, the document confirms that a suitably qualified individual has inspected the premises, and verified that the safety levels are of the standard demanded by government legislation. The building owner’s agent, or the building owner (as opposed to the fire contractor), has to sign the Yearly Statement of Fire Safety.
How frequently should I check my fire extinguisher?
According to the recent Australian Standard AS1851 2012, and the AS1851 2005, every fire extinguisher should be tagged and examined on a biannual basis. Based on the extinguisher model, it might require an overhaul (recharge and pressure test) every year, or over longer intervals.
Who is allowed to service fire extinguishers?
At the moment, Tasmania and Queensland are the only two states that impose laws governing the businesses or individuals who service portable extinguishers. In Tasmania, the 2010 General Fire Regulations (clauses eight and seven) state that anyone who installs, maintains or repairs fire safety equipment should own a permit obtained from the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS).
In Queensland, the QBCC (Queensland Construction and Building Commission) requires ‘Inspect and Test’ licenses under the category of ‘Hose Reels and Portable Fire Equipment’ for:
-The business (contractor’s license)
-The business’s nominee supervisor (nominee supervisor license)
-Engineers who undertake extinguisher maintenance for the business (occupational license)
Bear in mind that these rules only relate to the maintenance of fire safety equipment and systems in buildings. They are not applicable to fire safety equipment and systems in vessels or vehicles, or to buildings not included in Australian Building Code legislation.
In other territories and states, it is the owner of the fire extinguisher who is responsible for checking the qualifications of the person who services their equipment. To help with this, FPA Australia advises that technicians ought to hold the appropriate nationally acknowledged qualification, with suitable competency units. For servicing extinguishers, this is the Fire Protection Testing and Inspection Certificate two (or the older Asset Maintenance Fire Protection Equipment Certificate two). The competency units should relate to servicing portable extinguishers.
Who is in charge of the welfare of tenants/occupants in residential buildings?
The building owners are accountable for the welfare of their tenants. They are required by law to make sure that the people living in their properties are appropriately protected and warned about fire hazards. Also, owners should ensure that there is an accessible route to safety from their property if a fire should occur.
Business Fire Safety Plan
Business owners must ensure they are fire safe and follow all of the mandated minimums at least for fire safety in their office, warehouse, or storefront. Fire Safety in Australia is essential for ensuring the safety and health of their employees and customers and can mean the difference between a fire killing people and everyone being able to escape unharmed if there is a fire in the building. Taking the time to read through a checklist of what business owners need to have can enable a business owner to be sure they’re following Fire Safety in Business practices and ensuring the safety of everyone in the building.
Have a Means of Escape and Clear Evacuation Route
- Evacuation routes must be clear of obstructions and final exits should be clear of obstructions for at least two meters. All final exits adjoined to other properties must be clear as well.
- All doors along the escape route must include proper hardware and be unlocked and unobstructed.
- All doors must be undamaged and current maintenance records for fire doors must be produced upon request.
- Fire and smoke walls must be free from unprotected penetration.
- Evacuation signs and diagrams must contain all required information and must be securely fastened and oriented.
Be Sure to Follow Occupancy Limits for Buildings
- The business cannot exceed the number of occupants permitted at any times and must be calculated appropriately based on the type of building.
- Any occupancy notices that are issued must be complied with immediately and the business must ensure every staff member is aware of the occupancy number.
Maintain all Fire Safety Products Appropriately
- Exit signs and emergency lighting must be undamaged and current maintenance records must be kept and produced upon request.
- All fire extinguishers must be correctly maintained and current maintenance records must be provided upon request.
- All fire hose reels must be properly maintained, with maintenance records kept and able to be provided upon request.
- The fire detection and alarm system must be operating properly with no faults being indicated and must be kept maintained and have proper maintenance records.
- The number of unwanted alarm activations must be below the average.
- The evacuation system must be in auto mode with no zones in fault and must be properly maintained with records.
- The sprinkler booster installation must be undamaged and maintained with records that can be produced upon request.
- The on-site fire hydrant booster must be undamaged and all on-site fire hydrants must be undamaged with maintenance records properly kept.
- Current maintenance records must be provided upon request for stairwell pressurization, smoke and heat ventilation systems, standby power supply, and emergency lifts.
- If any critical defect notice has been received, it must be rectified within one month and interim measures have to be put in place for the safety of occupants.
Be Sure There is an Evacuation Plan in Place
- There must be a fire and evacuation plan in place that is kept in the specified form.
- Fire and Evacuation plans must reflect alternative building solutions and must include procedures to help evacuate anyone with special needs.
- The plans must be kept current, reviewed annually, and available upon request.
- General evacuation instructions must be given to workers within two days of hire and then annually. Records for these must be available upon request.
- First response evacuation instructions must be given within one month of hire and then once every two years. Records for these must also be available upon request.
- Evacuation coordination instructions must be given and records for the instructions must be available.
- Evacuation practice must be conducted annually and a Fire Safety Advisor must be appointed if there are more than 30 employees.
Prepare and Implement Fire Safety Management Plans
- Current fire safety management plans must be prepared and implemented.
- A copy of these plans must be kept in the building and be able to be accessed by anyone, without charge, when the business is open.
These are some of the most important tasks a business owner should be aware of to ensure their building and the occupants is fire safe. Be sure to follow all of these to ensure your building is properly prepared and follows the law for fire safety. Any questions should be directed to a professional to ensure an accurate and legally sound answer. If you need help to ensure you’re fire safe Australia, contact us today.
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