Fire Extinguisher Testing Sydney
We carry out all fire extinguisher testing in line with the Australian Standards (AS1851-2005) and the BCA to ensure that you, your property and investments are safe.
We offer the following fire protection testing services:
- Portable Fire Extinguisher testing
- Emergency and Exit Lighting testing
- Fire Hose Reels testing
- Hydrant testing
- Fire Door testing
- Smoke Alarm testing
After we conduct our fire safety testing we can provide you with your:
- Annual Fire Safety Statements (AFSS)
- Annual Test Record Certificates (ATRC)
Fire Protection Equipment Testing Australian Standards
Portable Fire Extinguishers AS2444 – Fire Extinguisher Testing
AS1851 requires that your fire extinguishers be tested and tagged every 6 months. Water Fire extinguishers and Foam Fire Extinguishers need to be refilled every 12 months. All other Fire Extinguishers need to be refilled and pressure tested every 5 years.
AS2444 requires Fire Extinguishers to be located approximately every 30m in your premises with appropriate signage.
Fire Hose Reels AS2441 – Fire Hose Reel Testing
AS1851 requires that your Fire Hose Reels be tested every 6 months. We usually carry out fire hose reel testing along with your fire extinguisher tests. Fire Hose Reels are 36m in length and can cover a diameter of approximately 40m from the point of installation.
Emergency and Exit Light Testing – Emergency and Exit Lighting AS2293.1
AS2293.1 requires that all of your Emergency and Exit lights be tested every 6 months, these tests are usually carried out with your Fire Extinguisher Testing and other equipment onsite.
Emergency and Exit lighting illuminates the path of egress outlining exit doors and designated travel ways.
Fire Hydrant Testing – Fire Hydrants AS2419
AS1851 requires that your Fire Hydrants be tested every 6 months, usually carried out with your Fire Extinguisher testing.
Fire Door Testing – Fire Doors AS1905
AS1851 requires that your fire doors to be tested annually. AS1905.1 requires fire doors to close automatically, have a Fire Resistant Level (FRL) tag, NO deadbolts installed or fitted and that all gaps around the top, side and bottom comply with the make of door.
Smoke Alarm Testing – Smoke Alarms AS3786
AS1851 requires that smoke alarms be tested yearly, usually when the fire doors and fire extinguishers are being tested to minimise disruption to the tenant/owner. Every house, home, unit is required to have a suitable number of smoke alarms installed from 1 May, 2006. Smoke alarms should be located on every level of your home. You should replace the battery in each smoke alarm at least once a year.
Annual Fire Safety Statements (AFSS)
What is it?
An Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) or formally known as Form 15a is a certificate signed by an individual which states that the building complies with the relevant standard of performance as stated in the Australian Standards.
Who Needs one?
The council and NSW Fire Brigade. You should also display one in the main foyer or common area of the property and keep one in your records.
Annual Test Record Certificates (ATRC)
What is it?
An Annual Test Record Certificate (ATRC) is a certificate outlining that the fire protection equipment onsite has been tested and maintained. It will note the date of tests and by whom it was tested by.
An ATRC and AFSS are not the same thing.
For Example – The easiest way to explain it would be that you can have your car serviced two (2) times per year or ten (10) for that matter and the car can still not pass registration. It is the same with buildings, even if you have all of the tests completed on your equipment installed onsite you can pretty much guarantee that there will be a few extra things required or changed to meet the original standard of installation.
Did you know that any building other than a house is legally required to issue an Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) to council and the NSW Fire Brigade every 12 months?
We carry out fire extinguisher testing for the following situations:
- Fire extinguisher testing for home based needs.
- Fire extinguisher testing for small businesses.
- Fire extinguisher tests for large businesses in large offices.
- Fire extinguishers tests for residential buildings and apartments.
- Fire extinguishers test for shopping centers and business parks.
- Testing Fire extinguishers for schools and universities in Sydney.
- Testing Fire extinguishers for factories, industries, storage complexes, etc.
Fire extinguisher testing and maintenance:
On a regular basis, typically twice a year, as per AS1851-2005 get your fire extinguisher serviced through a state or federally authorized agency.
Quick inspections should be carried out periodically to make sure everything is in proper order.
You should make sure that all fire devices and your fire extinguisher are in proper working condition. This can be ensured by having a reputable fire company check your equipment.
Most varieties of chemical fire extinguishers contain a number of chemicals inside the canister. This requires an occasional shaking, because otherwise some heavier chemicals tend to settle down, thereby destroying the homogeneous mixture and this can greatly reduce efficiency. You need to check if your fire extinguisher requires such regular shaking, typically once a month. If so, do not neglect this.
Always check for and ensure easy accessibility to your fire extinguisher by all family members. This is very important because if it isn’t accessible in the time of emergency, then there is no use having it in the first place.
Check for leaks, dents, rust and wear and tear. Ensure that seals and pins are unbroken.