Blog

Our blog is a feast of information, observations and trends about the fire protection industry.  When something appeals to us, we conduct research and articulate our ideas. Where necessary we produce images to help illustrate complex concepts. If you have something you are unsure about that fire related to fire safety, search for it here.  If it’s not and you would like us to research and write about it, then send us a message and we will do our best to help.

  1. Smoke Detector vs Smoke Alarm

    Depending where you are in the world, the terms smoke detector and smoke alarm have different meanings. Google Trends offers an interesting insight into what the public search for and illustrates the difference within various countries.

    Russ Porteous
    Mar, 2021
  2. Why capacity or weight is a 💩 measure of fire extinguisher performance and value!

    The weight of a portable fire extinguisher is terrible measure of the value of a portable fire extinguisher. To address, this, Firewize have conducted a an industry leading visual performance rating scheme (like a star rating) that has been modeled on similar schemes for nutrition, health and energy efficiency.

    Russ Porteous
    Feb, 2021
  3. What is a fire sprinkler head shield or baffle plate?

    A fire sprinkler head shield or baffle plate ("baffle") is a device (typically made of sheet metal) that is used to prevent the first operating sprinkler from wetting (and cooling) the lower or adjacent fire sprinkler heads.

    Russ Porteous
    Jan, 2021
  4. 7 advantages of flowcharts that help solve BIG business problems

    During the CoVID-19 pandemic, the Victorian state government began producing a huge volume of information for the community and business. The information while useful seems to be a shotgun approach instead of being laser focused. This leads to gaps that cause confusion and may place the community at risk.

    Russ Porteous
    Aug, 2020
  5. Using coloured silicone wristbands help team and social distancing for COVID-19

    At Firewize we identified the risk from COVID-19 early and in line with our infection prevention and control policy we have constantly sought the best way to protect our team from infection and furthering the spread of infection to others. Our latest move has been to allocate coloured silicone wristbands of different colours to all of our team to promote team distancing to the next level.

    Russ Porteous
    Jul, 2020
  6. Equipment is not permitted within a fire control centre

    The requirements for a Fire Control Centre or Fire Control Room are set out in Specification E1.8 of Volume One of the National Construction Code. In this article we consider what equipment is NOT permitted within a fire control centre.

    Russ Porteous
    May, 2020
  7. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Fire Safety!

    Since mid February 2020, we have been thinking and planning our response (should it be necessary) in respect to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On this web page, we will be providing our stakeholders updated on everything related to the pandemic. So here are a few resources for you to get started.

    Russ Porteous
    Mar, 2020
  8. Landmark PFAS contamination class action

    Perfluorinated Alkylated Substances also referred to as ("PFAS") are synthetic (man-made) chemical compounds used in industry since the 1950's. In Australia, PFAS have been used for a long time in consumer products and industrial applications and there are now PFAS contaminated sites resulting from these various uses, including from the use of some types of firefighting foam concentrate.

    Russ Porteous
    Oct, 2019
  9. Buildings risk fire safety by going cheap!

    Cost -saving priorities by owners' corporations often compromised safety maintenance. The priority is usually in respect of maintenance, how can we get it done cheaper and who is the cheaper maintenance provider? ~ Commander Mark Carter, Melbourne Fire Brigade.

    Russ Porteous
    Sep, 2019
  10. Victoria: Occupancy Permit - Is yours correct?

    In Victoria, an occupancy permits are documents that signify that a building surveyor is satisfied and has approved your building as being suitable for occupation. This article discussed the features of an Occupancy Permit and common mistakes in them that can adversely affect building owners.

    Russ Porteous
    Jul, 2019