What Prompted Action on Changes Building Sites Fire Protection?
In Australia, there are a few fire safety systems that are required on any construction site in order to ensure the safety of workers and visitors.
Fire extinguishers, fire hose reels and fire alarm systems are just some of the requirements for a safe building site.
The need for these systems became apparent when a huge fire engulfed a construction site in Melbourne back in 2012. The blaze burned for over 24 hours, with firefighters battling the flames right through the night. The resulting damage was estimated at around $1 million. The investigation revealed that the site had not been properly prepared for the risk of fire. There were no adequate fire safety precautions, including sprinklers or fire alarms, which could have prevented this incident from escalating to such an extent.
This is why it’s important to ensure your building sites are equipped with adequate fire safety systems, especially if they reach an effective height of 12m or more.
While you might not think there would be much danger at ground level during construction work, fires can quickly spread up scaffolding to other parts of the building that are higher up. This can lead to devastating results, including severe damage to businesses or even loss of life.
The National Construction Code in the states and territories requires that a fire protection strategy is in place in order to comply with these laws.
The type of fire protection plan will depend on the type of structure being built. The fire protection plan must include:
Fire Hydrant Systems guidelines when a building under construction reaches an effective height of 12m or more required fire extinguishers are to be operational
A Fire Hydrant System is an essential part of any building under construction in Australia. It is designed to bring water to the mains water supply, typically located at ground level of new buildings, for use by fire engines if there is a fire.
Fire Hydrant Systems are considered an important part of any building’s overall fire safety strategy.
Fire Hydrant Systems designed and installed correctly can save lives and property during a fire emergency on your building site.