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Least Known Fire Safety Elements?

The Standard AS1851

The primary standard for ensuring fire safety in Australia is AS 1851 (stands for Australian Standards 1851), It is the holy grail of fire protection and safety measures, it is a set of rules and regulations that ensure building owners are compliant in meeting the safety standards imposed on their fire protection systems. But it also works hand in hand with other standards and codes, to ensure fire safety standards in Australia are as robust as possible. Below are a couple of important but often overlooked elements: 

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Which Australian standard covers the maintenance of fire extinguishers?

The maintenance regime for the inspection and testing of fire extinguishers and hydrants is specified in the Australian Standard AS 1851 Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment

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What is fire Matrix?

fire matrix is a fire system functionality test chart, revealing the relevant baseline data of your fire safety systems. This data then serves as basis for verification of results of routine servicing

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Why is a fire hydrant called a plug?

The term ‘fire plug‘ dates back to the early 1800s, when water mains were made from wood. The fire department (usually volunteers) would head out to the fire, dig up the cobbles down to the main, then chop into the main so that they could secure the hoses from their pumpers

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What is a full function fire test?

Supervise and direct contractor activities during testing and independently witness system functionality. … Prepare a report which prioritises defects according to greatest impact on life safety and property protection

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What are the fire safety rules?

  • Provide adequate means of escape. …
  • Outline clear pathways to exit doors. …
  • Install smoke detection systems. …
  • Maintain smoke suppression systems. …
  • Conduct regular fire drills. …
  • Use flame-retardant materials in interiors. …
  • Make your office accessible to firefighters. …
  • Keep the building plans handy.

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