Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems

Fire Protection: Stress Corrosion Cracking

While researching leaks in fire sprinkler and hydrant water supplied, I came across a new term, that I was initially unfamiliar with - Stress Corrosion Cracking ("SCC").

Wikipedia: Stress corrosion cracking

NSW: Fire Safety in Aged Care Facilities

Fire Sprinkler HeadIt is estimated that more than 60,000 people live in Commonwealth Government accredited residential aged care facilities across NSW and that, as at March 2013, about 55% of all existing residential aged care facilities do not have fire sprinkler systems installed.

After the devastating fires at Quakers Hill in November 2011, the New South Wales government established laws requiring the mandatory installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems in all residential aged care facilities in NSW effective January 1, 2013 by or before March 2016.

A number of facilities were required to meet an earlier deadline of 1 September 2014 and the remainder of aged care facilities must retrofit fire sprinkler systems by 1 March 2016. These aged care providers are subject to strict reporting requirements and regular review.

On July 1, 2015, Ivan Donaldson, Chairperson of the Fire Sprinkler Systems Implementation Committee published the Fire Sprinkler Systems Implementation Committee Annual Report. This report provides the Government and Community a progress report and overview of the implementation plan for the period March 2014 – February 2015.

AS1851:2012 - Monthly Sprinkler Testing

Earlier this evening, I intercepted this email between one of our customers (James) and one of my colleagues (Dennis) on the Subject of AS1851:2012 - Monthly Sprinkler Testing. The email was in response to the publication of Australian Standard AS1851:2012 that was published on December 3, 2012.

Victoria: Water Supply Authorities - Revised guidelines for fire service installations

I have received an email from South East Water on the Water Metering and Servicing Guidelines which commence on 1 July 2012, incorporate new Australian Standards on backflow prevention valves.

The details of this email are as follows;

Friday, 8 June 2012 - Important revised guidelines for fire service installations

Introduction of revised water meter assembly drawings and adoption of single check valves (testable) on fire services – 1 July 2012

Fire Detector Maintenance - Even kids can identify a problem!

Contaminated Smoke DetectorEarlier today, my 11 year old daughter sent me an email with an attached photograph.

The photograph was of a smoke detector she observed in a private medical clinic that she described as "Yucky!"