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  1. Galvanic Corrosion in Fire Sprinkler Systems

    Corrosion is a common cause of failure in automatic fire sprinkler systems, fire hydrant systems, hose reel systems, pumps and tanks, causing leaks and in in some cases catastrophic failure. In this article we discuss some basic metallurgy that provides a background for the causes of corrosion, as well as some solutions to help slow the rate of corrosion.

    Russ Porteous
    Aug, 2020
  2. Building Regulations (Vic) 2018 - Part 15

    According to the Victorian Building Authority ("VBA") the objectives of the Building Act 1993 is to (1) protect the safety and health of people who use buildings and places of public entertainment; and (2) improve the amenity of buildings. This includes TWO principal subordinate regulations; Building Regulations 2018; and Plumbing Regulations 2018.

    Russ Porteous
    Aug, 2020
  3. What is a Maintenance Schedule? (Victoria)

    The Building Regulations (Vic) 2018 sets out the requirements for the owner of a building or place of public entertainment to prepare a maintenance schedule. A maintenance schedule is a document, in a form approved by the Victorian Building Authority ("VBA") prepared by the municipal building surveyor ("MBS") or a private building surveyor ("PBS") that details the required essential safety measures in a building (Regulation 222) and their respective maintenance requirements.

    Russ Porteous
    Feb, 2020
  4. Date Stamp on Portable Fire Extinguishers

    When a portable fire extinguisher is manufactured it is typically labelled or stamped with a date of manufacture.

    Russ Porteous
    Oct, 2019
  5. Nuisance Alarms

    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."

    Russ Porteous
    Aug, 2019
  6. Zone Block Plan Requirements

    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.

    Russ Porteous
    Aug, 2019
  7. What is a Solenoid Valve?

    A solenoid valve is an electromechanically operated valve. It is typically used within fire protection as part of a flow switch arrangement to test for the presence of water within an automatic fire sprinkler system.

    Russ Porteous
    Aug, 2019
  8. Healthcare Emergency Colour Codes

    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.

    Russ Porteous
    Jul, 2019
  9. Heat Detectors

    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.

    Russ Porteous
    Apr, 2019
  10. How to use a fire extinguisher

    Portable fire extinguishers can be a very effective tools only if you read, understand, and follow all safety guidelines for their use.

    Russ Porteous
    Aug, 2018