All You Need to Know about Fire Protection Testing in Australia
In the realm of business, the impact of fire, regardless of its scale, is undeniably catastrophic. This realisation underscores the utmost importance of fire protection testing, a critical measure for every business. Surprisingly, up to 90% of fires are preventable through such testing.
Fire protection testing entails regular inspections of your business to ensure compliance with fire safety standards. This involves various aspects, ranging from checking fire extinguishers to testing fire blankets, and fire hose reels, where applicable.
Addressing the question of whether your business requires fire protection testing, the clear answer is yes. It’s a key step to safeguard you, your staff, visitors, and your business premises. Ensuring that equipment is regularly tested is imperative for its readiness in critical situations. Equipment that sees limited use must be kept in working order, ready to perform when needed most.
Expert consultation is helpful in determining your unique fire protection needs. Depending on the nature and size of your business, the necessary equipment may include fire extinguishers, fire blankets, and even fire hose reels.
Fire extinguishers, particularly, play a pivotal role. These devices are the first line of defense in fire emergencies, and a staggering 90% of fires are initially subdued by these portable extinguishers. Therefore, their reliable functioning is crucial.
Regular six-monthly fire extinguisher testing, as per the Australian Standard AS/NZ 1851, is essential. Professionals adhering to these standards conduct the tests, ensuring optimal performance. Additional servicing requirements at intervals like 12 months, 3 years, and 5 years ensure sustained readiness.
A fire extinguisher’s routine testing covers aspects such as proper location, operational instructions’ visibility, intact anti-tamper devices, and more. The pressure and weight are verified, and for powder extinguishers, periodic inversion maintains the powder’s fluidity.
Beyond extinguishers, fire blankets are essential in commercial kitchens, while fire hose reels hold significance for broader use. Thorough testing of fire blankets every six months is mandatory, ensuring their effectiveness. Expert guidance dictates proper positioning, quantity, and regular inspections for these crucial tools.
For comprehensive fire safety, you can even integrate electrical appliance testing into your fire protection testing session with Testel. This efficient approach minimises workplace disruptions and offers a streamlined solution.
Choose Testel, a reputable expert in fire safety testing, for comprehensive consultations on equipment selection, testing frequencies, placement, and maintenance. Our records ensure compliance, and our multi-dimensional approach extends to emergency lighting and first aid kits, providing holistic fire safety assurance.
If you would like to learn more about how we can assist you in managing electrical compliance for all your sites, please contact us now on 1300 881 116.
With headquarters in Adelaide and multiple offices across the nation we can assist with all your safety testing requirements.