/ ISSUES AFFECTING – BUILDING FIRE INTEGRITY AND ESSENTIAL SAFETY MEASURES
Penetration of Fire Resisting Structures
Fire resisting structures are required to remain intact to ensure the fire and smoke compartmentation of your buildings is not compromised.
Penetration of fire rated plaster board ceiling is not sealed adequately with approved fire resisting material.
The storage of LPG cylinders within a building poses a threat to the safety and health of the occupants and risks serious building damage from explosion or fire. Potential problems can arise, explosive atmosphere from escaping gas. LPG is heavier than air and if there is a leak the gas will tend to collect in low points and may remain in an area for some time creating a potential fire or explosive situation. LPG Cylinders should be stored outside in an adequately ventilated area. House the cylinder in a secure location and provide protection against falling, damage and excessive temperature rise.
Provide separate storage for LPG away from any oxidizing gases by at least 3m. Do not store or use petrol, flammable liquids or aerosols near LPG cylinders.
Do not store the cylinder in close proximity to an ignition source, or in locations that could jeopardize escape from the building in the event of fire (under no circumstances in stairwells). Australian Standard AS 1596-2008 states that ‘The use and storage of cylinders of LP Gas indoors, whether full or nominally empty, should be avoided wherever practicable’.
Storage of LPG Cylinder inside a building.
Storage in a Fire Isolated Stairwell
Ensure fire isolated stairwell is not used for storage. It is illegal for anything to be stored in a fire isolated stair.
Storage of objects in a fire isolated stairwell is not permitted