There are many different types of fire safety equipment. Each device is designed specifically to deal with the different classes of fire in a range of environments. If you’re struggling to figure out which fire safety devices you need in your building, take a look at the following range of equipment.
Once you have an idea of the fire safety measures in your building, be sure to take a look at our fire equipment service options. We test and inspect a wide range of equipment – contact us today to request our services.
1. Fire Extinguishers
Most buildings contain a variety of hand-held firefighting equipment. This range of equipment is designed to help contain small fires before they spread and become too large to control. Portable fire extinguishers are available with a number of different extinguishing agents to help you combat a flame. A portable extinguisher may contain the following substance:
- dry powder
- wet chemical
If you would like to know which fire extinguisher is designed for which type of fire, check out our other blog post.
2. Fire Blankets
Fire blankets are designed to smother class F fires. That means flame that is fuelled by cooking oils and fats. Naturally, fire blankets are installed in kitchen environments, where the chance of a class F fire is the highest.
3. Fire Hose Reels
Fire hose reels are ideal for extinguishing class A fires. That is fires that are fuelled by paper, rubber, wood, and other non-conductive materials. As fire hose reels discharge water, they cannot be used to combat electrical fires. There are other types of fire safety equipment designed to deal with electrical fires – namely C02 fire extinguishers.
All fire equipment should be accompanied by standard signage. This helps users identify the location and type of equipment they can access in an emergency. There is a range of different regulations when it comes to fire safety signage. Each piece of equipment is accompanied by an Australian standard for maintenance and installation. The corresponding guide will contain more information about signage and where it should be located.
When it comes to the design, installation, and maintenance of fire sprinkler systems in Australia, there are a number of standards that could apply to your building. The following standards will influence the implementation of fire sprinklers in your space:
- AS 2118.6:2012 Standard for Automatic fire sprinkler systems Combined sprinkler and hydrant systems in multistorey buildings
- AS 2118.1:2017 Standard for Automatic fire sprinkler systems General systems
- AS 1905.1:2005 Standard for Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant walls Fire-resistant doorsets
- AS 1760:2105 Fire detection, warning, control and intercom systems – System design, installation and commissioning Fire
6. First Aid Kits
They might not be the first thing to spring to mind when you think of the different types of fire safety equipment, but first aid kits are essential in the aftermath of a fire. Having adequate first aid measures on hand will help with minor injuries sustained during a fire. It’s also a matter of compliance – as a business owner or manager, you need to provide your staff members with first aid.
7. Emergency & Exit Signs
Whilst firefighting equipment is important during an emergency when a flame is out of control, you need to evacuate a building. Emergency and exit signs will help to provide a clear path to an exit during a fire. Having clear signage and lighting will help contain panic and guide your team members to an appropriate exit in time. Emergency and exit lights need to be maintained according to the AS 2293:2005 (Set) standard for Emergency escape lighting and exit signs.
8. Smoke Alarms
Some types of fire safety equipment are designed for detection. Smoke alarms should be installed in all commercial and domestic buildings. If you are a landlord, the legislation for smoke alarm installation varies from state to state. You can find more information about your obligations on your state government website.
Fire Equipment Maintenance
At Jim’s Fire Safety, we provide inspection and testing services for businesses across the nation. We test and assess fire blankets, hose reels, extinguishers, smoke alarms, and emergency and exit lights. Contact us now to ensure your workplace is compliant with the current Australian safety standards.
Fire extinguishers are one of the most important tools available in the fight against small fires. Their importance and efficacy cannot be understated: an estimated 90% of fires are stopped using extinguishers before they have the opportunity to grow and deal more destruction.
Because these are so effective, it is critical that they are properly maintained so that they can be used efficiently at a moment’s notice. But maintenance is not a simple task: it requires vigilant checks from professionals, and those checks must be conducted in accordance with regulations set out by the Australian government.
If you need to provision for fire extinguisher testing but can’t decide on a provider, here’s a deeper look at Jim’s Fire Safety and why we can offer the very best in fire extinguisher maintenance.
Over 150 Years of Combined Experience
Our technicians have a combined 150 years of experience, meaning that we have really seen it all. This means that regardless of the context –we are capable of ensuring your extinguishers are in perfect working order.
With so much experience our skills have been finely tuned, and you can rest assured that we leave no stone unturned when it comes to checking on the status of your equipment. We are thorough and effective, so you and your property and our people as safe as possible from the devastating effects of fire.
Trained and Professional Technicians
Not only is our team of technicians incredibly experienced, they are also talented and have all of the necessary experience to ensure that their fire extinguisher service is carried out perfectly. Every member of our team has the appropriate training and qualifications and has the ability to ensure compliance for many years to come.
In fact, our team members are experts at creating relationships with our clients so that they can notify you of upcoming tests, keep you informed on new changes to legislation and answer any of the questions that you need. This means that we really are a one-stop-shop for all of your extinguisher needs.
Friendly and Effective Service
We know that you’re trusting our team with an incredibly important task and we want you to have absolute peace of mind that you have the tools necessary to keep you safe. This is why we offer friendly and effective service. Our team pride themselves on being approachable and available to answer any of the questions that you may have for them.
You’ll also find that our technicians take care of absolutely everything in their tests. They’ll confirm that your extinguishers are compliant in terms of weight, signage, service tags, accessibility and much more. This means your extinguishers are compliant and ready.
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Are you ready to ensure that your extinguishers are safe and ready to take on any fires that may spring up at any moment? Be sure to visit our website today and use our tool to generate a free quote. This is a simple process, and our team is waiting to answers any questions you may have.
Jim’s Fire Safety specialises in fire safety protection for homes & workplaces around Australia. We offer a variety of services such as smoke alarm testing and fire extinguisher testing to ensure you are safe if a fire does occur. Browse our website further or contact us to learn more.