At Sepmar, we provide our clients with regularly scheduled maintenance, service and repair of specialised safety and fire equipment. Ongoing service is a key consideration for equipment of this nature, as many of the products we offer require maintenance in order to continue operating at peak performance levels.
By design, fire safety equipment rarely needs to be used. Instead, it occupies a strategic position within your property so that it can quickly launch into action when needed. That’s the nature of a contingency plan.
But the fact that this equipment is rarely used means that it is easy for property owners to take it for granted. It’s easy to assume that the fire extinguisher hanging in the corner of the workshop is in working order and ready to be used in the event of a fire. But how sure can you be that it actually works?
The same goes for fire-resistant safes and cabinets. Ideally, you’ll never have to test their ability to protect their contents from flames. But how do you ensure that equipment like this really is ready to spring into action in the event that a fire breaks out?
The short answer is that routine maintenance and service help to ensure that your fire-prevention equipment is ready to respond to the worst-case scenario. Here is some specific guidance regarding how often your fire safety equipment should be serviced or maintained:
✓ Fire Extinguishers
Ideally, you’ll never have an opportunity to use your fire extinguishers. However, the threat of fire is very real in Australia, and it’s important that your extinguishers are ready to use at a moment’s notice. Current Australian standards (AS1851-2005 and AS1851-2012) require that all fire extinguishers be checked and tagged at least once every six months.
✓ Smoke Alarms
Western Australian law requires that smoke alarms be checked and maintained on a regular basis. Maintaining a smoke alarm requires the following:
Checking that it is firmly secured in place
Checking its power supply and replacing batteries when necessary
Testing and inspecting the smoke detector at least every six months
Checking for dust build-up within the smoke detector
Ensuring that smoke detectors are still within their service life
Smoke detectors need to be ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice, so it’s important to ensure their maintenance is up to date.
✓ Fire Reels
Fire reels are required to be checked every six months in Australia. This ensures that they are perpetually ready to be put into use when needed.
✓ Emergency Lighting
Similar to fire reels, emergency lighting should also be checked twice per year (i.e. once every six months).
✓ Fire-Resistant Cabinets
Cabinets used to store valuables and important documents should also be serviced on a regular basis. As these are not used in fire-prevention, there is no government mandated maintenance schedule for fire-resistant safes and cabinets. However, if you want these appliances to offer the maximum protection, it’s important to have them serviced as well. Generally speaking, once or twice every year is enough to ensure that these cabinets are in good working order.
At Sepmar, we go out of our way to ensure that we remain in compliance with both government regulations, Worksafe regulations and industry best practices. If you have questions about the safe use, service and maintenance of any product available in our inventory, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.