According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics: Australian Social Trends 2000 "in 1998, 123 people died from accidental fire or flame injuries. Of these, 70 occurred in a home fire.
While total deaths from fire fell by 47% from 1968 to 1998, deaths in private dwelling fires only dropped by 20%"
Standards Australia has just published the second edition to Australian Standard, AS4428.9-2006 Fire detection, warning, control and intercom systems - Control and indicating equipment - Requirements for wire-free alarm zone circuits.
This document provides a path for manufacturers to develop or deploy a new range of products not generally available in Australia.
While wire-free alarms are available, they are generally based on overseas technologies or come as an import from the security industry.
The move in Australia towards fire safe cigarettes is a little closer today with the federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock agreeing to ask the Treasurer to introduce the standard;
NSW Govt wants fire safe cigarettes mandatory
The New South Wales Government says it hopes cigarettes that self-extinguish when not being smoked will be mandatory in Australia within two years.
NSW Emergency Services Minister Tony Kelly is pushing for Australia to adopt a national standard that would make the reduced fire risk cigarettes mandatory.
The China Fire Protection Association (CFPA) recently held their annual conference and exposition in Beijing. The conference was held between October 26-29 at the National Agricultural Exhibition Hall.
The Fire Protection Association of Australia (FPA) was represented by a group of 15 people representing various Australian industry bodies, associations and companies.
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!
Here's an interesting article from Janelle Walker a staff writer for the Suburban Chicago News regarding sham fire extinguisher inspections. While this article is sourced from the United States, it has some relevance to the regular (6-monthly) inspection and testing of portable fire extinguishers in Australia...
While I've never heard of this kind of activity locally, It is common to find unscrupulous fire extinguisher service providers providing a limited rag and tag only service...