Annual Fire Safety Statement and Certificates
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 Statement (AFSS) in a new format signed off by a competent fire safety practitioner. The owner is required to issue an Fire Safety Statement or fire and safety certification to the effect that each essential fire safety measure has been assessed by a competent fire safety practitioner.
Fire safety certificate ensures that the premises is occupied with all fire safety equipment and capable to safeguard the premises when needed.
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.
An Annual Fire Safety Statement lists all of the fire safety systems that are installed and properly functional according to the Australian Safety Standard. Fire Safety Statements need to be conducted and prepared by properly trained and authorised fire safety experts who will handle the correct documentation and issuing of a Fire Safety Certificate once all checks and any necessary maintenance have been completed. The essential fire safety equipment that need to be regularly certified are: fire extinguishers, fire hose reels, fire detection systems, sprinkler systems, smoke alarms, fire doors, emergency and exit lighting systems.
Easy Steps to Fire Certification
If it’s time for your building’s annual fire safety audit, give the team at Armidale Fire and Safety a call to find out more about how we can assist you with your fire safety needs.
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.
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.
Is your Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) is due? No worries contact us to get a fire safety certificate assessed.