1. According to the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade a false alarm (nuisance alarm) is "A false alarm occurs when the MFB attends an incident to find there is no emergency and there is no need for their fire fighting skills or other expertise. Most automatic fire alarm systems are a legal requirement, or have been installed to provide fire safety, and it is essential they operate efficiently at all times." Aug, 2019
  2. This article describes the requirements for Zone Block Plans for Fire Detection, Alarm & Emergency Warning Systems in Buildings. There are an array of Standards that cover this requirement over time, so we hope to summarise the requirements, making it easier for everyone. Aug, 2019
  3. A Solenoid Valve is an electro-mechanical valve used within an automatic fire sprinkler system to initiate the flow of water for testing purposes. In fire sprinkler systems, a solenoid valve requires power typically 24V D.C. and when energised (i.e. power is applied) the valve is opened, allowing the flow of water. The flow of water can be then monitored using a water flow switch what activates a signal at the monitoring control panel. The solenoid valve and flow switch together is called a flow switch arrangement. Aug, 2019
  4. Hospitals are required to develop an emergency procedures manual which covers the a range of emergencies. There are two primary Australian Standards that provide a framework for developing emergency procedures in hospitals. In this article we discuss the colour codes as they apply in Australia. Jul, 2019
  5. There are two methods for detecting fire from the presence of heat. (1) Fixed temperature heat detectors operate when the ambient temperature increases sufficiently to predetermined level where the heat detector will operate; and (2) A rate-of-rise heat detector operates when the ambient temperature increases over time equal to or greater than the rate of change the detector was manufactured to operate. Apr, 2019
  6. Portable fire extinguishers can be a very effective tools only if you read, understand, and follow all safety guidelines for their use. Aug, 2018
  7. A fire extinguisher is an active fire protection device to extinguish or control a fire, often in emergency situations. Typically a fire extinguisher consist of pressure vessel containing an agent that when discharged, can extinguish a fire. Aug, 2018
  8. Not all fires are the same. If you use the wrong type of fire extinguisher on the wrong class of fire, you can, in fact, make matters worse. To assist people quickly identify the right type of fire extinguisher, pictographs are used to represent different classes of fire. There are six different classes represented by the letters A, B, C, D, E and F. Aug, 2018
  9. Portable fire extinguishers are generally provided as "first attack" units in fire fighting and should only be used in early stages of fire before it can spread and develop heat. There are five different types of extinguishers, and selection of extinguishers must be made with the class of fire in mind. Aug, 2018
  10. There are two main types of smoke detectors: ionisation detectors and photoelectric detectors. A smoke alarm uses one or both methods, sometimes plus a heat detector, to warn of a fire. The devices may be powered by a 9-volt battery, lithium battery, 230-volt house wiring or an alarm panel. Aug, 2018