Must all fire saftey equipment be checked?
Yes, all fire safety equipment must be tested and in some case tagged at prescribed intervals. Please see the information below on your legal information according to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Services.
Who can carry out installations and maintenance?
Prescribed Fire Safety Installations are installations that were required to be maintained in the building in question by or under any Act, including as a perquisite to the granting of any approval or the issue of any notice, certificate or instrument (Section 104D 3(a) of the Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990).
Maintenance of prescribed fire safety installations is required to be conducted by an appropriately qualified person which is someone who holds a licence stated in the Queensland Building Services Authority Regulation 2003, schedule 2A; or stated in the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003, schedule 2, items 4 to 6; or stated in the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003, schedule 3, items 4 and 5. This means the person actually conducting the maintenance must have an individual licence for each class or type of fire safety installation they work on.
NOTE: – The requirements for maintenance are now contained in the Queensland Development Code MP6.1 Click here for guidelines.
How often must fire saftey equipment be tested?
In Australia we must rely on Australian Standard 1851:2005 for the frequency of testing. A record of your tagging and testing must be made available to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Services upon request. Your insurance is often void if you fail to maintain equipment. Let us take the stress away from you. Our dedicated team will automatically test and tag all your fire safety equipment. If an item fails we will quote for a fix or replacement.
The table below shows how often you must have your equipment checked. Keep in mind that in most cases the person testing the equipment must be qualified. Don’t get caught out thinking you can do it all.