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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.

Australian Standards Drafts

Standards Australia publishes draft Standards for public comment from time to time. Standards accept comment on these standards as part of the public consultation process.

You can access the public comments here:

About Standards Australia

Standards Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, recognised by the Australian Government as the peak non-government Standards body in Australia.

Inc Magazine - City of the Future


In their "Big Ideas" category, Inc Magazine are publishing an 8 part series of articles on the "City of the Future" which has a lot of important value related to Fire Safety. I have listed each part below, I encourage you to read the articles and consider how this might affect the way we design, install and maintain the fire safety systems in buildings.