Fire and Emergency Services throughout Australia take safety and Fire Compliance seriously. Businesses have to make sure they are adhering to rules and regulations in order to avoid hefty fines, possible imprisonment, and closures. A recent example of action taken serves to illustrate that commitment.
Budget Accommodation Closure:
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services filed an urgent injunction with the Brisbane Court to shut down a former pub that was turned into budget accommodations for six people. The building had no smoke detectors and no sprinkler system. There was no emergency lighting installed and no evacuation routes posted. Electrical wiring was exposed and the building was in disrepair. Those conditions added to the potential for a fire.
Extent of the Danger:
The injunction was granted because those living there would have had no warning of a fire. They would also have very little chance of escape if a fire did occur. The building was closed. It cannot be used until the building is in complete compliance with fire safety regulations.
The building owner was fined four-thousand dollars. Non-compliance fines can be as high as six figures. The risk of losing that much money should motivate business owners to add warning alarms to buildings. Providing fire extinguishers and training in evacuation can also be helpful in saving lives and property. A story about this incident can be found here. This closure of business could have been avoided if they had consulted FCF Fire & Electrical Dalby technician Damian Leahy, who is based in the area.
Experienced companies like FCF Fire and Electrical can provide training and design evacuation diagrams for businesses. They can also consult with owners to ensure compliance.
Fire Safety Regulations:
Regulations and legislation in Australia are clear for each area. In Queensland, for example, an Occupiers Statement has to be renewed every year. That is supported by the Fire and Rescue Services Act of 1990, and Building Fire Safety Regulations from 2008.
New South Wales requires an annual Fire Safety Statement. That is based on the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act in 1978 and the regulation of the same name from 2008. Victoria follows requirements from a Building Act in 1993 and a Building Regulation from 2006. Businesses there have to have an annual essential safety measures report.
Businesses in each specific place are responsible for knowing the current regulations. They have to remain in compliance or face severe consequences. Do not risk closure of the business. Learn what is required. Consult with FCF Fire and Electrical for fire safety training and fire safety services. The costs of smoke detectors and sprinkler systems are less than the cost of losing the business. Keep people and property safe by maintaining Fire safety certification.