On fire alert: what makes your property prepared?

We all saw bushfires in the news this weekend: you can never be too careful when it comes to fire safety. Nobody wants their property hitting the headlines because of fire hazards they could’ve avoided. So, here’s a list of handy tips and information…

We’ve compiled them for you to check how fire safety ready you are. Of course, this is not professional or legal advice – it is simply intended as a reminder to make sure your accommodation complies with all fire safety recommendations. There’s no better way to do that than by checking with a certified professional, so accomnews urges its readers to get an up-to-date risk assessment.

Check out this month’s issue of Resort News for a special report on unsafe building materials. 

  1. Who you gonna call?

As part of a risk assessment, legal compliance and fire safety audits should be undertaken. Of course, you won’t be able to do these yourself. You’ll need to contact a qualified professional. There are also lots of different by-laws in place to guide strata owners and managers on the topic of maintenance so to navigate these, it is best to talk to a specialist firm.

If you aren’t sure who to call, ask your peers, check the preferred supplier list here in Resort News (as those come peer-recommended) and do some basic background research. Are they nationally accredited? Have they assessed properties similar to yours before?

  1. Fire safety items on hand?

There are some products you should have on-site in case of emergency. Of course, fire extinguishers are a given but they must meet Australian standards and require some maintenance. Extinguishers come with different types of contents, ranging from water and foam, to wet chemicals and powder. Things like monitoring the correct pressure and shaking the containers to prevent powder from settling may need to be undertaken every so often – make sure you read the instructions and discuss a maintenance plan with your supplier. Depending on your property’s type, you may require things like fire blankets, hoses and/or reels. It depends mostly on the floor plan and overall structure of the building, which is why organising an official building inspection and obtaining a thorough risk assessment is so important.

  1. Do you have fire doors?

To help contain fire and prevent the spread of harmful flames, hot gases and smoke, corridors should be fitted with fire doors. Exhaust fans should also be installed in emergency stairwells to prevent the build-up of smoke in these essential escape routes.

  1. What is your fire detection system like?

Tennant Co ANAU Mid Article 300×250
A range of fire detection systems are available and provide early detection of even slow smouldering fires and can be configured to detect carbon monoxide (CO), smoke and heat. Such fire detection systems can also be fully interconnected with fire suppression systems such as sprinklers, as well as emergency evacuation systems.

Accommodation complexes may need to install comprehensive fire suppression systems to deal with larger fires should they occur. With the kitchen presenting one of the biggest fire hazards, hotel management should consider fire protection systems designed specifically for use with, for example, high temperature cooking oils and slow-cooking appliances. Having well maintained functional fire equipment on hand and more structural protections like sprinklers, when and where you need it can mean the difference between a minor fire and a devastating full-scale blaze.

  1. Are you prepared right now?

Fire safety is one of those things we all hope we will never need to know, but absolutely cannot risk neglecting.

Here’s a few common fire risks for accommodation providers: missing or broken fire safety equipment, locked exit doors, accumulated rubbish, blocked stairways, open fire doors and inoperative exit lights. Accidents happen and not everything can always be avoided but consulting a fire protection specialist will help you to identify the most appropriate and cost-effective solution for your specific situation.

About Rosie Clarke

Rosie Clarke
Rosie Clarke is managing editor at Multimedia Publishing.

Check Also

New awards to showcase $55.5b management rights industry

Awards designed to showcase an industry generating $55.5 billion for the economy each year have been launched by The Australian Resident Accommodation Managers Association.

Flagship NSW developments aimed as cashing in on events market

Wagga Wagga, the city which topped Airbnb's list of most in-demand growth locations for 2018, will be home to a new IHG Holiday Inn from 2021 designed as an events and dining destination.

AN Samsung TV-Large

Why you should go OTT with in-room entertainment

There’s no point trying to impress today’s travellers with gadgetry. Most already carry around the tech equivalent of a Swiss army knife; those pocket-sized multi tools are called smartphones for a reason.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *