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The Importance of Maintaining Fire Fighting Equipment for Business Owners

A fire is a scary reality, which becomes even scarier when you don’t have an adequate workplace emergency plan or your equipment is not ready for action when the time comes.

The ongoing maintenance of your fire response equipment is a crucial component for the safety of you, your employees and your customers.

Why Is It Important?

Did you know most fire-fighting equipment has a limited useful life? We spend our work days 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.

Some equipment needs replacing, recharging, rotating or have batteries changed.

Australian Standards

Akin to most other elements of your workplace’s emergency procedures, the Government has regulations for minimum maintenance requirements.

Fire Extinguishers

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All fire extinguishers are required to be tested every 6 months but they are not all tested in the same manner. This is why you need to ensure you have a competent fire technician maintaining and testing your equipment. Powder fire extinguishers need to be inverted (turned upside down to make sure the powder is still loose and has not solidified to the bottom of the bottle) every 6 months. Most other extinguishers need recharging to maintain pressure and a visual inspection for pressure leaks, nozzle damage and general integrity.

Fire Blankets

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Regular checks to blankets include the location and integrity of the delivery case and pull tabs. After use or around five years, depending on the local regulations, most fire blankets will need replacement to ensure effectiveness.

Smoke Detectors

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Even when hard wired to the main electricity, all smoke detectors have batteries for back-up if there is a power failure. These need annual replacement in home, office or warehouse environments.

Mains Water Fire Repression Systems

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Any fire suppression systems connected to the mains water must be checked and maintained by registered technicians. This includes automatic sprinklers, fire hydrants, fire hose reels and other fire suppression technology.

Duty of Care

Duty of care is the concept of your responsibility when you are the owner/majority tenant of a building. You are responsible for ensuring all possible care is taken to preserve life should an event occur. Fortunately, our profession at East Coast Fire & Safety is making sure anyone in your duty of care is as safe as possible.

Recording Equipment Testing

The best way to protect your people, investments and fulfill your duty of care is to allow us to worry about the fire equipment maintenance for you. East Coast Fire & Safety will periodically come out, test, assess and log all maintenance in accordance with all Australian Standards. We find this is the best possible approach to fire safety, for it allows us to ensure compliance and you to have ongoing peace of mind.

Your focus is in growing your business, ours is in making sure that you can continue to do so safely. Call us at East Coast Fire & Safety today, because if plans go awry and you have a fire, you want the best preparation and protection possible.