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  1. How to use a Fire Extinguisher in Australia

    There are FIVE main types of portable fire extinguishers used in Australia. Each type of fire extinguisher is used for specific applications. To extinguish a fire using a portable fire extinguisher we recommend using the acronym PASS (Pull, Aim, Squeeze & Sweep).

    Russ Porteous
    Dec, 2020
  2. How to replace a VESDA LaserCOMPACT (VLC) Filter Cartridge

    Now discontinued the VESDA LaserCOMPACT is an aspirating smoke detector ("ASD") that includes an integrated two stage replaceable filter cartridge (VSP-005). This article describes the process to replace the filter cartridge.

    Russ Porteous
    Dec, 2020
  3. Equipment & Safety Installations

    Until the publication of the 2014 edition of the Building Code of Australia ("the Code") it included Part I1 that provides a definition of Equipment & Safety Installations. These definitions have since been removed however this section continues to lives on.

    Russ Porteous
    Nov, 2020
  4. What is an Occupancy Permit?

    In Victoria a building or structure constructed on or after July 1, 1994 are required to be issued with an Occupancy Permit ("OP") from the Relevant Building Surveyor ("RBS") as evidence of safe and habitable occupation. When you come to the end of your building project the RBS will need to issue an Occupancy Permit or a Certificate of Final Inspection depending on the requirements of the building permit.

    Russ Porteous
    Nov, 2020
  5. What is AS1851? - Routine Servicing Fire Protection Systems Australian Standard

    AS 1851 is the Australian Standard for the routine servicing of fire protection systems and equipment. The Standard was last published in December 2012 and was subsequently amended in November 2016. The scope of this Standard is applicable to the routine service procedures for fire protection systems and fire equipment.

    Russ Porteous
    Nov, 2020
  6. Fire Classifications for Fire Extinguishers

    Australian Standard AS/NZS 1850 sets out requirements for the classification, performance testing and rating of fire extinguishers. This article explores the classification system (class) for fire extinguishers.

    Russ Porteous
    Nov, 2020
  7. When does a Fire Sprinkler Flow Switch call the brigade?

    In Victoria, a water flow switch in a wet pipe automatic fire sprinkler system may trigger a fire brigade attendance, but not always. This article seeks to explain why not all flow switches call the brigade and why others do.

    Russ Porteous
    Nov, 2020
  8. When is emergency & exit lighting required to be installed in a building?

    On several occasions, I have been asked about the requirement for the installation of emergency lights in small (Class 6) retail buildings. When I say small I mean less than 500m2.

    Russ Porteous
    Nov, 2020
  9. Contaminated (dirty) Smoke Detectors

    Dirty smoke detectors are one of the most common causes of nuisance (false) alarms. With regular inspection, testing and maintenance dirty smoke detectors can be easily identified and replaced, improving the reliability and safety of fire detection systems for building occupants.

    Russ Porteous
    Nov, 2020
  10. Galvanic Corrosion (rust) in Automatic Fire Sprinkler & Hydrant Systems

    Corrosion (rust) 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