Plumbing Regulations (Vic) 2018 - A nightmare of government red tape and idiotic policy!

The fire protection industry in Victoria has been thrown into turmoil leading up the 2018 State Election with the publication of the Plumbing Regulations 2018 by the Labour Government of Hon Daniel Andrews (Premier) due to come into law on November 18, 2018.

Alarm Signalling Equipment - Signal Impairment

On November 29, 2017 the Office of the Chief Officer of both the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and the Country Fire Authority (“CFA”) released a letter to building owners fitted with Alarm Signalling Equipment (“ASE”). This three page letter outlines legitimate concerns by the fire brigades over practices that may limit some important functionality of and ASE under certain circumstances!

What is Alarm Signalling Equipment?

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.

Product Recall - Peters of Kensington—Safe-T Designer Fire Extinguishers

Safe-T Mini Designer Fire ExtinguisherA few days ago, "Product Safety Recalls Australia" published a product recall on a range of fire extinguishers sold by "Peters of Kensington" a retailer of a range of Homeware, Fashion, Travel and assorted products.

The 'Designer' fire extinguishers in question were available in the following designs: classic, textile, pop, tag, and exclusive.