Clause E1.4 requires fire hose reels to be installed in accordance with AS 2441-2005 Installation of fire hose reels (known as an essential safety measure in most states).
A check of the referenced standards in Table 1 Schedule of Reference Documents in Specification A1.3 “Documents Adopted by Reference” reveals that no maintenance standard for fire hose reels systems is nominated (or in Clause E1.4), only AS2441-2005.
What Maintenance is Applicable for Fire Hose Reels?
We have eight States and Territories around Australia, each with their own “building regulations” requiring building surveyors to issue statutory documents (determinations/ occupancy permits/ schedules/ lists of essential safety measures) nominating the performance conditions for the regular testing, inspection and standard of maintenance for essential safety measures e.g. fire hose reels.
Most jurisdictions (states), nominate AS 1851-2005 ‘Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment’ in their documents for either the building owner, agent of the building owner or the occupier to ensure that all fire hose reels (an essential safety measure) are maintained to the requirements of this standard.
Australian Standards – Fire Hose Reels
The following Australian Standards have an impact on the design, installation and maintenance of fire hose reels (Not all are referenced in the BCA).
- AS1221-1997 Fire hose reels (the making of the fire hose reel)
- AS2484.2-1991 Fire – Glossary of terms – Fire Protection and firefighting equipment
- AS2441-2005 Installation of fire hose reels
- AS1851-2005 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment
Essential Safety Measures Audit – Fire Hose Reels
AS 1851-2005 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment is very specific for the type of inspections and frequency to occur for fire hose reels. The standard requires a fire hose reels logbook to record all information specified. A number of State regulations also require logbooks to be provided for all essential safety measures. The AS 1851 fire hose reels logbook would then form part of the “state” required logbook for the nominated essential safety measures. An essential safety measures auditor to ensure fire safety compliance, should be aware that fire hose reels located in a building would be a required essential safety measures and want to view the essential safety measures logbook to allow for signing the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate of Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.