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  1. When a Hydrostatic Pressure Test of Fire Hydrant Systems is not required

    Fire Rescue Victoria ("FRV") issues guidelines (GL-35) on conducting a hydrostatic test for new and existing fire hydrant systems, clarifying requirements for systems with and without brigade booster connections or pumps. This article provides a summary of GL-35 and the circumstances where a hydrostatic pressure test is not required.

  2. Victoria: Work not requiring a Building Permit

    In Victoria, certain work described in Schedule 3 of the Building Regulations (Vic) 2018 is exempt from a building permit and occupancy permit. In this article we look at the requirements of Schedule 3 and what work is exempted from a building permit.

  3. Smoke Alarm Chriping or Beeping

    A smoke alarm is a life safety device that detects smoke and emits an auditory alert in the event of a fire. It features a smoke sensor, typically ionisation or photoelectric, an integrated warning sounder and a power source. Smoke alarms provide early warning in the event of a fire.

  4. Why you should activate the Alarm Verification Facility in your Fire Panel

    The Alarm Verification Facility also known as Alarm Dependency (Type A) is a feature of the Fire Alarm Control Panel that that provides an automatic reset or equivalent function of an initial alarm signal and that only permits a subsequent alarm signal to initiate a fire alarm condition to help prevent unwanted nuisance (false) alarms).

  5. Video Smoke Detection

    Video smoke detection utilizes high-resolution cameras and advanced algorithms to detect smoke in open areas like atriums, expansive warehouses, and outdoor locations with potential fuel sources.

  6. The truth about Lithium-Ion Battery Fires and Portable Fire Extinguishers

    The fact is that as of June 2023, there is no Standards approval method in Australia for portable fire extinguishers used on lithium battery fires. In this article we consider the relevant Australian Standards, information from the peak industry body FPA Australia and the CSIRO.

  7. What is a Fire Door

    This comprehensive guide details the importance, construction, installation, and routine servicing of fire doors in commercial properties, as dictated by the National Construction Code and Australian Standards AS

  8. Electric Vehicle Fire Safety

    Navigating the complex landscape of electric vehicle fires in buildings, we delve into the risks, key authorities' perspectives, and the implications of the National Construction Code. Embark with us on this crucial exploration of an electrifying #HotTopic.

  9. Hospital: Audible and Visual Warning Systems

    Protecting Patients and Staff in Operating Theatres: Explore the importance of audible and visual warning systems in hospitals, specifically operating theatres, and the relevant legislation, National Construction Code, and Australian Standards governing emergency alert requirements, ensuring patient and staff safety during emergencies.

  10. Can I refill my fire extinguisher?

    In most circumstances, a portable fire extinguisher may be refilled however the time and motion costs to undertake the activity may not be worth th exercise. This particularly relates to small capacity portable fire extinguishers, i.e. those at 4.5kg capacity or less, but environmental factors may outway the cost.