This question about the frequency of the fire safety inspection has been answered by Andrew Renton, Fire Safety Constructions.
Question: We are lot owners in a small scheme strata in NSW. How often should our fire safety inspection be done? The company who is currently performing our Fire Safety Inspections is performing them every 3 months, which seems excessive to me.
We are owners of an apartment in a small scheme strata building in NSW which has 16 units on 2 levels and is 8 years old. The company who is currently performing our Fire Safety Inspections is performing them every 3 months, which seems excessive to me.
I have tried to research online to verify the required fire safety inspection intervals and can only find reference to the required annual certificate requirements by our local council.
Can you please advise the legally required fire safety inspection intervals as I believe 4 times a year is not true.
Answer: The frequency of service inspections varies depending on what the fire safety measure of the system is.
The frequency of service inspections varies depending on what the fire safety measure of the system is. e.g. sprinkler systems require monthly inspections; fire doors (typically) require 6-monthly inspections.
The systems requiring servicing/testing are set out on the Fire Safety Schedule which should be on the buildings noticeboard. Frequency of testing/servicing is set out in AS1851-2012, table 1.11 and in each section for the specific fire safety system.
This post appears in Strata News #182.
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