AUST – Essential Property Services advises that portable fire extinguishers (essential safety measures) are nominated in the Building Code of Australia to be provided in class 2 to 9 buildings. These fire extinguishers are provided to allow the occupants of a building to attack a fire in its initial stages. All fire extinguishers will be nominated as an essential safety measure by the building surveyor in the determination/ schedule.
Building Code of Australia
The Building Code of Australia nominates AS 2444-2001 Portable fire extinguishers and Fire blankets – selection and location, for the selection, location and distribution of fire extinguishers.
The following extracts from the BCA are the most pertinent for fire extinguishers.
FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT
E1.6 Portable fire extinguishers
Portable fire extinguishers must be provided as listed in Table E1.6 and must be selected, located and distributed in accordance with Sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of AS 2444.
Table I1.1 SAFETY MEASURES – FIRE FIGHTING SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT
|Safety measure||BCA provisions for determining standard of performance|
|Portable fire extinguishers||E1.6|
Essential Safety Measures Audit
Building surveyors will nominate AS 1851-2005 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment as the standard of maintenance for fire extinguishers in their essential safety measures determination/ schedule. The essential safety measures auditor must have a fundamental understanding of AS 1851-2005 to enable to register any deficiencies when performing an audit. The auditor should record all fire deficiencies in the building’s essential safety measures logbook.
Fire Safety Compliance: Essential Safety Measures