Fire Equipment Maintenance

Fire Equipment Maintenance

From time to time office tenancies in any CBD building will undergo change. Sometimes the property manager advises us in advance of the change being implemented, though often we find out about these changes when we are conducting our routine service visits. Below is good example of fire equipment maintenance in Melbourne and an example where a significant change has been proceeding over several weeks, and the manager has worked with us to keep the fire protection equipment as current a practical, all along the way.

Create a “new” level by exploiting an underused space.

For one of our city based clients – expansion is afoot. Demand for quality office and retail space is at least keeping pace with the growing Melbourne population, and property managers are getting creative. The old basement, previously an underdeveloped storage space, is ripe for conversion to a cool basement cafe. Consequently our Fire Equipment maintenance schedule needs to be updated.

DWH

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DWH - basement

Image 2 – NOTE: small extinguisher in a box, next to the installed equipment. This was brought on site by the carpentry contractor.

Sprinklers have been added and now all the other services are crowding in too.

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting to see that the carpenters carry their own fire extinguisher, but we leave theirs alone when we inspect and update the fixed equipment in the building.

Upstairs our routine service visits discover a cabinet has been placed near an extinguisher making it inaccessible. Or a tenant has brought some of their own fire extinguishers – which haven’t been serviced for a few years ! A friendly chat and we agree to get the unit replaced, or advise them that there is already one quite handy to their location.

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We’re also making sure the path to the fire escape is clear (having removed a large pedestal ashtray this morning, Image 3)

Fire doors

On our fire door theme? This building, occupied over 4 (soon to be 5) levels has no fire rated internal walls and thus, no fire doors.

 

 

Are your tenant’s needs changing?

We can help – call us 1300 134 971 

 

Fire Doors

Fire Doors – focus area this month

In the past week or two, we’ve been checking out new premises, and of course, continuing our routine service for existing clients and in many places fire doors seem to be a special focus this July.

Some are more beautiful than others.

Fire Doors - at 260 Lt Collins

Image 1 in a stylish entrance foyer.

Fire Doors - behind 186 Bourke

Image 2 exit to a city back lane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to look for

As per the AS1851 (*), the first things we look for in a fire door is the AS1905 (**) tag and the, hopefully, very obvious, “FIRE DOOR” signage.

Usually on the side of the door above the hinges you’ll find the manufacturer’s AS1905 tag. This is a metal tag with stamped or embossed text, no smaller than 25 x 50 mm. This clearly indicates

  •  – compliance to AS 1905,
  •  – the manufacturer, and
  •  – the year it was made.

The tag is affixed by the original manufacturer and, generally speaking, can’t be retrospectively replaced.

No AS1905 tag?

What if your door has no AS1905 tag? Rather than spend $$$’s changing fire doors, we suggested to a prospective client in one case, to have a registered surveyor check out the doors. After conducting a review and on site investigation the surveyor might agree that, whilst a door is not tagged, it is more than likely the door will fulfil its purpose in the event of a fire. A report could be generated, then be noted on all annual safety statements moving forward. You or your body corporate committee, could refer to such a statement if there is ever a query on fitness-for-purpose or compliance.
 
In the best case scenario, the surveyor might recommend installing fire seals to deal with any excessive gaps. If there are multiple doors which appear in good condition, a destructive test of one of them could be considered. A worry might be that doors manufactured before the 1990s contain asbestos. You need to be on the look out for this and don’t disturb them without engaging a qualified asbestos management contractor. 
We have no financial link to any surveyor, but we can nominate one or two we have worked with before. 

(*) AS1851 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment
(**) AS1905.1-2015 Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant walls – Fire-resistant doorsets.

How can we help you?

Call us 1300 134 971 for your routine fire equipment checks. Or invite us along for a voyage of discovery in your premises and get with the program.

 

Fire Alarm Installation Melbourne

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Fire alarms for business apartments and commercial buildings.

Melbourne Fire And Electrical specialise in installing business fire alarms, smoke detectors and evacuation systems in the Melbourne Metro Area.

We love installing new fire alarms in buildings. Whether you need a modification to an existing system, need a complete new system install or are building a new building we can help.

We can help in the following ways,

  1. Design and Construct; if you are doing a modification, or starting from scratch and need a system designed and certificated for a building permit, our electrical engineer can take care of this from start to finish.
  2. Construction document ; if you already have a design we are able to quote this and undertake everything from rough-in to certification and block plans.
  3. Modifications; if you are doing a tenancy fit out we can help! Simply send us a drawing and address and we head out and quote this for you.
  4. Purchase, Commission; Brands we can work with. Honeywell, Notifier, Pertronics, Ampac, Incite Fire,Flamestop and more. Give us a call to see if we can help.

What Type of Fire Alarm? 

Every week we are installing fire alarms into factories, new apartment blocks or offices. Depending on the environment and situation we can help select the type of system to be installed. For small projects you can use a simple, conventional panel, however when more complex buildings are involved an addressable system might be required. Addressable systems are superior to conventional systems as you can program the system to do what ever you require; this might include smoke detectors being less sensitive or more sensitive depending on their environment.

How We Can Help?

If you need repairs to a fire alarm, installation or modifications  give us a call today. We have staff ready to take your call, quote the job and get it finished. Simply call or email!

We have electricians ready to rough your project!

Phone: 1300 134 971

Email: Service@Melfire.com.au

Where can I find out more information on fire alarm suppliers?

Notifier Australia
www.notifier.com.au

Incite Fire
www.incitefire.com.au

Ampac Australia
www.ampac.com

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Recent Blog from Melbourne Fire on Fire Equipment Maintenance

Melbourne Fire Equipment Maintenance

 

 

 

 

Fire equipment – more

Last week we focused on discovery visits with new clients, and fire extinguisher, hose reel, hydrant checking. . Here is a bit more.

Fire extinguisher Maintenance Melbourne

One thing to check is the pressure gauge – it’s small and simple, but gives a helpful indication that your extinguisher is ready to perform when you need it. Don’t be mistaken that it looks like a kids toy – it does the job – it leads a pretty quiet life and will generally be replaced in 5 years, as part of your mandatory fire extinguisher maintenance program.

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Image 1 & Image 2
Here is one showing that the contents
are stored in the required “green
pressure range, with a pressure
of 1000 kPa.

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And here is another which was discovered in the premises of a new client.

Here the needle is in the “red” zone,
on the left side of the gauge, indicating no pressure

 

 

 

We’d like to say we picked this up on our initial equipment discovery visit, but sadly not. The number of extinguishers we found was sufficient to meet requirements, however this “extra” extinguisher was located in a non-standard sort of a place. In fact it may have had someone’s coat hanging on it at the time. And it certainly did not have the required signage to flag its presence in a highly visible way, nor the immediately adjacent “contents” sign (see Week 25 post). Judging from the yellow tag on it, it had been overlooked for some time (since June 2005!) by previous service providers. It was found on a remediation visit soon after our initial visit and immediately removed from the premises.

What should have happened

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The requirement is for extinguishers to be securely mounted at a convenient height for operator access. There should be a sign adjacent confirming the contents. There will be another sign (Image 4) to flag the presence of the extinguisher intended to be seen from across the room or building, flat to the wall or perpendicular to the wall where required,

The extinguisher itself will have a label to indicate contents, the type of fire these contents are to be used for and with instructions for its use. Each of these requirements is important and could be critical in the event of a fire. Access to all fire equipment must be unimpeded.

And of course all fire extinguishers, fire hose reel and fire hydrants should have a 6 monthly check to ensure all these requirements are still being met.

We can help

Call us 1300 134 971 for your 6 monthly fire equipment checks, or invite us along for a voyage of discovery in your premises and get with the program.

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Fire equipment – more