Do you have the right tools for fire safety protection? When preparing for potential fires you have several options. However, it is important to select the right tools for the right applications.
In New South Wales, the fire safety systems installed in a building are called Essential Fire Safety Measures. These ensure the life safety of occupants in the event of an emergency or fire and typically include installations, equipment or forms of construction such as:
- Automatic fire detection and alarm systems
- Automatic fire suppression systems, such as sprinkler systems
- Emergency lighting and exit signs
- Fire hose reels, fire hydrants and portable fire extinguishers
- Fire doors and mechanical air-handling systems
- Lightweight fire-resistant construction materials
This will maximize your readiness for a fire that ignites where you live or work. Here are some common types of fire safety equipment:
- Fire hoses
When we think of fire hoses, we typically think of outdoor fire hoses that are attached to fire engines until firefighters attach them to fire hydrants. However, indoor fire hoses are also available, and are oftentimes stored in fire extinguisher cabinets. In fact, one can connect the hose to a structure’s own plumbing system or standpipe.
After using a fire hose, you should allow the hose to dry. This is because if standing water remains in the hose for a lengthy time, then the material can become weak. This can make the hose itself ineffective or useless.
- Fire safety signs
When do you need to post fire safety signs in a building? That is the case to meet the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. These fire equipment signs are easily visible, and provide various types of information, including:
Where fire exits are located?
Where smoking is prohibited?
Where flammable substances are located?
Where fire extinguishers are located?
What actions to take if a fire were to ignite?
It is important to place the fire safety signs are clearly visible to all people in your building. Furthermore, if you believe that posting fire safety signs in areas where they are not technically required, it is advisable to post them anyway. This could ultimately protect you from potential litigation.
- Carbon monoxide alarms
Even though your home or office contains smoke alarms, you should still install at least one carbon monoxide alarm on each floor. It is important to realize that a smoke alarm will not detect carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an extremely poisonous gas. The burning of fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, and wood, creates carbon monoxide. What makes the gas particularly dangerous (and creates a need for fire equipment) is that it has no:
You should consider installing at least one CO alarm on each room of your home, and in each hallway that connects the bedrooms.
These fire protection items are quite easy to install. Dome Additionally, because these alarms are battery-operated, there is no need to attach them to ceilings or walls. In fact, you can easily transfer the CO alarm if you vacation or relocate.
To protect yourself and your relatives or coworkers, understanding your obligations under current fire protection legislation is key. Get the right equipment and advice to protect yourself in the event of a fire..
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