Building Owners Are Required To Submit Annual Fire Safety Statements.
Since 1 October 2017, changes to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 intended to improve fire safety in new & existing buildings. Building owners are now required to submit their Annual Fire Safety Statements (AFSS) in a new format signed off by a competent fire safety practitioner. The owner is required to issue an Annual Fire Safety Statement to the effect that each essential fire safety measure has been assessed by a competent fire safety practitioner.
What is an Annual Fire Safety Statement?
A Fire Safety Statement is a certificate that ensures the essential fire safety measures have been tested, are operational and maintained in accordance with the relevant Building Code of Australia (BCA) requirements and relevant Australian Standards. As of 1 December 2017, the Fire Safety Statement must be in the approved form and it must include the name, contact details and signature of the competent fire safety practitioner who carried out these inspections and assessments.
What is a Fire Safety Schedule?
A Fire Safety Schedule specifies each of the essential fire safety measures that apply to the building premises, such as portable fire extinguishers, fire hydrants & smoke alarms. The essential fire safety measures installed will vary for each building.
Why Have Essential Fire Safety Measures?
The Essential Fire Safety Measures in a building play a critical role in ensuring the safety of the occupants of the building in the event of a fire and they must be maintained in accordance with relevant Australian Standards.
Armidale Fire & Safety are recognised as competent fire safety practitioners. Once appointed as your recognised fire safety practitioner we can inspect and assess your fire safety measures, carry out any necessary repair or maintenance to ensure that all of the fire safety measures are fully maintained, operational and keeping you safe.