Annual Fire Safety Statement and Certificates

Annual Fire Safety Statement and Certificates

Building Owners Are Required To Submit Annual Fire Safety Certificate

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.

What is Fire Safety Certificate?

Fire safety certificate ensures that the premises is occupied with all fire safety equipment and capable to safeguard the premises when needed.

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.

Checklist of Measures for Annual Fire Safety Statement

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

  1. Detailed building inspections: One of our qualified technicians will conduct an assessment of the premises as per the fire safety schedule.
  2. Examination of documentation: Our staff will check all manuals and safety procedures from the building owner to ensure they are current and compliant.
  3. Assessment of Safety Measures: Our highly experienced staff will check all fire safety equipment and testing records, and will compile a report of any faults discovered
  4. Fire Safety Certification: After the overall inspection is completed and all equipment is deemed to be compliant, our team will prepare a Fire Safety Certificate for the building owner.

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.

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.

Is your Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) is due? No worries contact us to get a fire safety certificate assessed.

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