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Fire Detection & smoke alarm systems

A fire alarm system and fire detection system IS critical to fire safety, allowing you and those you protect to escape a building safely in case of an emergency. An early fire detection system can literally save lives. Regular fire alarm inspections are therefore important.

Smoke and noxious gases are the leading causes of death in a building fire. Most deaths result from the spread of smoke and gases, which causes initial disorientation and exhaustion. Considering these dangers, it’s imperative to install fire detection systems in Queensland to protect people from fire emergencies.

Conventional detectors and addressable detectors are two types of detectors available and are both connected to a central control panel. With addressable fire alarm systems, the device that’s been activated can be precisely identified, which is imperative, especially in buildings with multiple levels.

Recent and upcoming smoke alarm regulations;

Legislation requires interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms:
From 1 January 2017: in all new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings
From 1 January 2027: in all other domestic dwellings
A hardwired 240= volt smoke alarm or a tamper-proof 10-year battery must power the smoke alarm.

As of January 1 2022, in all domestic dwellings leased and sold

The smoke alarms in the dwelling must:

(i) be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014);
(ii) not also include an ionisation sensor;
(iii) be less than 10 years old; and
(iv) operate when tested; and
(v) be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

The smoke alarms must be installed on each storey:

(i) in each bedroom; and
(ii) in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or
(iii) if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; and
(iv) if there are no bedrooms on a storey at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

“All Advance Fire staff are efficient, courteous, and punctual.”

Two years ago when not happy with our Fire Services Contractor we moved to Advance Fire Services.

Our Body Corporate and Management could not be more satisfied with all services supplied by Advance Fire.

All Advance Fire staff are efficient, courteous, and punctual. We have found them to be extremely competent and most diligent in their efforts to maintain our buildings Fire systems to an exemplary standard.

Well done Advance Fire!!

Doug Schacht, Manager of Nirvana by the Sea

Changes to fire protection licensing – effective 1 May 2021

Queensland’s Fire Protection Licensing framework took effect on 1 May 2021.

Formerly, electricians could be contracted to install, maintain, provide general repair, inspect or test fire detection, alarm and warning systems. A licensed electrical mechanic could contract for work that wasn’t otherwise electrical without also holding a QBCC license.

For work on fire detection, alarm, or warning systems that aren’t electrical, licensed electrical mechanics must have a QBCC fire protection contractor license (or a nominee supervisor license for nominees of company contractors). Electricians currently performing this work have until 31 October 2021 to apply for the license.