Our qualified team of fire technicians will ensure the safety of your tenants and the structure of your buildings are never compromised.
What is a Fire System?
A Fire System is a collection of protective items including Fire Indication Panels, Smoke alarms, Fire extinguishers, Early Warning Indication Systems, VESDAS and Fire Hydrants. Each of these components plays a different role in the protection of your property, structure and assets.
While these important tools will help prevent damage to your building and belongings, a Fire Safety Management Plan (FSMP) is also an essential part of fire preparation and safety for your structure. A FSMP is a document that contains all the information and records that owners/occupiers of budget accommodation buildings have about the fire safety installations in their building, together with some additional important information.
These records play a critical role in assisting building owners and occupiers with their responsibilities and duty of care to residents and guests relative to fire safety. Occupiers are people who have a responsibility for fire safety within a building either as a delegation from the owner or in lieu of the owner. The occupier may be an owner/operator of the building, or the lessee. Your facilities manager can help ensure that your fire systems are current and ready to protect your structure and workers.
Why are Fire Systems so Important?
- All commercial, industrial and accommodation buildings are required by law to have a FSMP prepared and implemented, regardless of when the building was built.
- Unfortunately, most fire-fighting equipment has a limited useful life – so it could fail at the worst possible moment. We spend our workdays ignoring our fire equipment until they become invisible parts of the landscape, but vigilant and regular preventative maintenance goes a long way to ensuring they perform their crucial functions the moment they are needed. A comprehensive fire safety plan is an essential part of facilities management and will mitigate your safety risks.
- In the event of a fire, your systems will be your only protection in getting out of the situation alive. If they are not inspected on a regular basis, they could fail just when you need them most. A facilities management company can help ensure your fire systems are always in peak condition and ready to use in an emergency.
Ideally, your sprinkler systems are designed to suit your building’s conditions. If your building has undergone any renovations since the system was built, then your sprinkler system may need updating as well. Any changes to a building, including changes in the water supply, can render the sprinkler system ineffective or useless.
It’s your responsibility to keep the system up to date. Through testing and inspections from knowledgeable professionals, you can discover if there is anything wrong with the sprinklers and supporting systems. If a problem is discovered, an expert team will help you determine whether your system requires any type of repairs or a full renovation.
Maintenance is critical for these key safety components, but the steps you need to take are not difficult or time consuming. Here are a few things you can do to help maintain your indoor sprinkler system:
- Never hang anything from the ceiling or cover the ceiling with any objects where the sprinkler heads are located.
- Never paint the sprinkler heads.
- Do not stack anything close to the heads. Stacked items should be at least eighteen inches below the ceiling.
- Check the tamper switches every day to make sure that the control valves are in open position.
- If you have a wet-pipe system, protect pipes from freezing with good insulation.
- Always have a qualified technician come to inspect as per Australian Standards
Another important part of fire protection system maintenance includes detection and alarm equipment. Your alarms should be tested regularly, and the batteries should be replaced at least once a year, depending on the type of detector you have.
In addition to testing and regular battery replacement, you should:
- Make sure your smoke detectors are placed in the right places. There should be detectors on every floor, including the basement. Do NOT install them near draft areas such as vents or windows; this could impact overall performance.
- Test each alarm at least once a month. You can do this simply by pressing down the test button.
- Keep the alarms clean and free of dust and debris; never cover or paint over your smoke detectors.
- Smoke alarms have a limited life span. Even if they look ok, they should be replaced after a decade of service. Damaged or defective detectors should be replaced immediately.
- Always have a qualified technician come to inspect your smoke detectors to fully comply with all current Australian Standards
Any type of fire extinguisher in your building should be inspected regularly. If it works correctly, an extinguisher can put out a fire before it has a chance to spread. Since there are different types of extinguishers, it’s important that you and every employees know how to use the type that is in your building.
Here are a few things you can do to keep your fire extinguisher(s) in good working condition.
- Check that the nozzle and hose are not damaged or hindered in any way.
- Make sure there are no dents, rust, dirt or other debris on the pump.
- If there is a pin and tamper seal, make sure they are intact.
- Check the pressure frequently to make sure that it is at the recommended level. If there is a gauge, the needle should not be too low or too high.
- If an extinguisher is used, it should be recharged immediately afterwards.
Why Choose BBM
At BBM we ensure that our skilled team of fire technicians are up to date with the latest safety standards. With our knowledge and commitment to outstanding service, you can ensure that your business remains compliant. You’ll also get the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are providing a safe environment for everyone in
the workplace. As a leading facilities management company, we understand just how critical your fire safety systems are and work to ensure you never have to worry about the safety of your building or occupants.
In addition to ensuring your building and occupants are protected, we also provide all relevant Service Dockets in a paperless format for you to keep on record in case you are ever audited. These important documents are securely stored in within our CMMS and are made available to you upon request as well.
Expert Fire and Safety Services from BBM
- Workplace Safety Audits
- Inspection and testing
- Repair and replacement/upgrade of faulty equipment
- Supply and install new devices
You can take advantage of BBM’s Planned Preventative Maintenance Programs and have our service team handle your every need. We provide a transparent schedule of rates so there are no hidden costs and in partnering with BBM, you can ensure you meet your safety obligations.
Join our program and let BBM handle the stress of ensuring your workplace remains up to date and compliant and that everyone in your building is safe.