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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. VBA Supports Research to Improve Passive Fire Protection in Apartment Buildings

    The Victorian Building Authority, a statutory government body responsible for the application of building legislation in Victoria has backed research by Deakin University that reveals widespread passive fire protection defects in Victorian apartments, prompting calls for increased practitioner education, licensing, and improved construction practices to enhance building safety.

  2. Reporting a discharge of a scheduled substance

    According to the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 a scheduled substance includes a range of products that have been identified as ozone depleting or a synthetic greenhouse gas as listed in Schedule 1 (of the Act). Where a scheduled substance is discharged into the environment, Section 45B of the Act calls for the discharged to be reported.

  3. CoVID-19 Vaccinations

    Medical professionals have stated that one of the ways we can reduce the spread of CoVID-19 is to get vaccinated. At Firewize we are doing our part by encouraging our team to get vaccinated.

  4. Oxfam Trailwalker October 8-10, 2021

    Oxfam International is a confederation of 20 independent charitable organizations focusing on the alleviation of global poverty. In Australia every year, the Oxfam Trailwalker event is held in Melbourne and Sydney to raise awareness and money to help Oxfam fulfil their vision to tackle inequality and eliminate poverty.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.