News

  1. Proposed Residential Tenancy Regulations (Victoria) 2021 Changes

    The objective of the Residential Tenancies Regulations is to prescribe matters authorised or required to be prescribed under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. In respect to fire safety in a residential property, the new legislation sets out requirements for tenants to maintain prescribed safety devices including smoke alarms and carbon monoxide fire alarms.

    Russ Porteous
    Jan, 2021
  2. South Australia Fire Industry Occupational Licensing

    What are the required qualifications for people who are registered to conduct testing of automatic fire sprinkler systems, fire hydrant systems and fire hose reel systems that are connected to mains water supply in South Australia?

    Russ Porteous
    Dec, 2020
  3. VESDA LaserPlus & LaserCompact Discontinued

    Xtralis alert customers that the VESDA LaserCompact ("VLC") and LaserPlus ("VLP") will retire from December 31, 2019. There will be two years official support after this date. Building and asset owners should consider options if they are considering the installation of a new VLC or VLP. Xtralis offer a compatible alternative from the VESDA-E range.

    Russ Porteous
    Aug, 2019
  4. Preventing unwanted deaths at home!

    A terrible tragedy occurred early this morning here in Melbourne, when a man died in a home fire that the fire brigade believe was caused by a discarded cigarette. Cigarette likely ca

    Russ Porteous
    Jan, 2019
  5. False Alarm Fees & Charges

    Under what circumstances are false alarms charges applicable in Victoria, and what are the charges?

    Russ Porteous
    Aug, 2018
  6. Australia: Ziton recall fire equipment

    Ziton is a brand of fire detection and alarm systems available in Australia and acquired by GE. In this document we outline details of a Product Recall issued by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission.

    Russ Porteous
    Aug, 2018
  7. Australia adopts new warning signals

    Around the world, there is a move toward a International Standard for Acoustics-Audible Emergency Evacuation Signal, also known as a "Temporal-Three, T-3 or Temporal Tone".

    Russ Porteous
    Aug, 2018
  8. Estimated 3,675 die from fire in the U.S. in 2005

    The American National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released a study on August 1 illustrating the number of people who die from fire in the USA.

    Russ Porteous
    Aug, 2018
  9. Penalties for Damage or Interference to a Fire Indicator Panel or other Apparatus

    On December 1, 2012, both the Country Fire Authority Act (Vic) 1958 and the Fire Rescue Victoria Act (Vic) 1958 were amended to include fines for people who damage or interfere with a Fire Indicator Panel or other Apparatus. The fines (measured in penalty units) are each 60 Penalty Units or approximately $9,900.00.

    Russ Porteous
    Nov, 2017
  10. Australia: Simplex recall smoke detectors

    According to the Product Safety Section of the ACCC, Simplex Fire Products, a division of Tyco International have recalled photoelectric smoke detectors and sensors effective 04/09/2006.

    Russ Porteous
    Sep, 2006