When construction of a commercial building is complete, the building owner is responsible for its upkeep and maintenance, particularly its safety features or essential safety measures.
The maintenance of essential safety measures ensures that in the event of fire, the safety systems are operational and perform at their optimum level.
The maintenance required depends on the complexity of equipment contained in the building, and the experience of the person carrying out the inspection or test.
Essential safety measures are items such as
- Exit doors
- Emergency lighting
- Smoke detectors
- Illuminated Exit signs
- Fire hydrants
- Portable fire extinguishers
- Smoke alarms
- Paths of travel to exits, to name just a few.
The Building Regulations 2006 sets out the control and monitoring procedures that owners must follow or risk being fined.
Non compliance may result in an infringement notice issued by the Council or Fire Brigade or prosecution and fines of over $60,000 for individuals or over $300,000 for companies.
Adequate maintenance and inspection is the best means of ensuring that fire safety systems will operate reliably in an emergency.
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