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Annual Fire Statement Guide

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Annual Fire Inspection or Annual Fire Safety Statement.
Under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg.) the building owner(s) must provide the Council with:

  • an annual fire safety statement that deals with each essential fire safety measure in the building (clause 177); and
  • supplementary fire safety statement for any critical fire safety measure in the building, and being issued at intervals of less than 12 months (clause 180).

An annual fire safety statement is a statement issued by or on behalf of the building owner(s) that:

    1. each essential fire safety measure has been assessed by an accredited practitioner (fire safety) and found to be capable of performing:
      1. in the case of an essential fire safety measure applicable by virtue of a fire safety schedule, to a standard no less than that specified in the schedule, or
      2. in the case of an essential fire safety measure applicable otherwise than by virtue of a fire safety schedule, to a standard no less than that to which the measure was originally designed and implemented, and
    2. the building has been inspected by an accredited practitioner (fire safety) and was found to be in a condition that did not disclose any grounds for a prosecution under Division 7 (i.e. fire safety offence relating to a fire exit).

Access and Premises

  • Building address should be clearly visible from street.
  • Exterior access should be clear.
  • Fire and Resue connection should be clearly visible and readily accessible.
  • Lockbox should be accessible and have proper keys for complete building access.
  • Fire hydrants should be visible and accessible.

 Means of Egress

  • All exit doors should be visible, accessible, and fully functional.
  • All exit doors should readily open from the inside without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort.
  • All required fire doors must be self-closing and latch in the closed position.

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Electrical

  • Cover plates should be installed on all electrical receptacles.
  • All circuits should be properly labeled on all electrical panels.
  • There should be 76cm of clear access in front of all electrical panels.
  • Extension cords shouldn’t be used, except for temporary power.
  • All extension cords should be heavy duty, in good condition, and used for only small appliances.
  • All extension cords should be grounded.
  • If multiple items need to be plugged in, power strips with built-in circuit breakers should be used, and should be plugged directly into a permanent receptacle.

Egress Lighting

  • All means of egress should be properly illuminated when the building is occupied.
  • All emergency lighting units should be operable and properly located to illuminate all portions of the means of egress (push test button to check).
  • All exit signs should be properly illuminated, and battery back-up should operate (if required – push test button to check).

Fire Extinguishers

  • Generally, fire extinguishers should be installed within 24 metres of all areas of the building.
  • All extinguishers should be visible and readily accessible.
  • All extinguishers should meet the minimum required rating, or should be installed for special hazards.
  • All extinguishers should be installed at the proper height above the floor (generally, the top of the extinguishers should be no more than 1.5 metres above the floor).
  • All extinguishers should’ve been inspected and tagged within the past 12 months.

Fire-Alarm System

  • An annual fire-alarm system functional performance test should be completed, along with a record of completion as per AS1851 – 2012

Fire-Sprinkler System

  • Annual fire-sprinkler-system inspection, testing, and maintenance should be completed, along with a record of completion as per AS1851 -2012
  • All storage should be located at least .5 metres below all fire sprinklers (in large warehouses, storage heights may be different).

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Special Suppression Systems (Kitchen Wet Chemical, Clean Agent, etc.)

  • Annual or semi-annual special fire-suppression system inspection, testing, and maintenance should be completed, along with a record of completion provided. 

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Heat-Producing Appliances and Devices

  • All electrical portable heaters should have a clear space on all sides of at least 36 inches.
  • All gas-fired heat-producing appliances (furnaces, water heaters, etc.) should have a clear space from combustibles of at least 1 metre on all sides.
  • All gas-fired heat-producing appliances should have vents properly installed and maintained.
  • Proper clearance of combustibles should be maintained from all light fixtures.

Storage and Maintenance of Building Areas

  • All trash and waste should be removed from the building daily (it’s not allowed to accumulate).
  • All oily rags or similar materials should be stored in approved metal containers.
  • All combustible materials should be stored in an orderly manner.
  • No combustibles should be stored in any portion of the means of egress.
  • All combustible decorations should be properly treated with fire retardants.
  • All interior finishes should meet the code requirements for the type of occupancy.
  • All combustible or flammable liquids should be properly stored in approved containers or cabinets.
  • All compressed gas containers (tanks) should be secured to prevent them from falling over.

Smoke and Carbon-Monoxide Alarms

  • All single- or multiple-station smoke alarms (detectors) should be operating properly (batteries should be replaced annually).
  • All carbon-monoxide detectors should be operating properly.

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