NSW Hendry advises when building owners and property professionals are preparing the Annual Fire Safety Statement, they are not only signing off on the performance standard of the various essential fire safety measures, but also confirming that the building has been inspected by a properly qualified person and was found, when it was inspected, to be in a condition that did not disclose any grounds for a prosecution under Division 7 of EPAR 2000.
To sign off on this aspect of the Annual Fire Safety Statement, the property owner needs a report from a properly qualified person that they have inspected the building’s essential fire safety measures under a fire safety schedule and that the Division 7 issues are complied with.
These measures include:
- Fire safety notices
- Fire exits
- Doors relating to fire exits; and
- The exit paths to fire exits.
It is an offence under the EPAR if these essential fire safety measures are not inspected and maintained as required.
Some property managers just rely on the report from their annual evacuation exercise to sign off on the Paths of Travel to exits, an essential fire safety measure. If the report doesn’t mention any problem, then the property manager assumes that egress must be operation and unobstructed.