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The list below covers Building Code of Australia (BCA) & Australian Standards 1851- 2012 Routine Service of fire protection systems and equipment, Together with servicing frequency requirements.

Fire Frequency Tolerances

The following chart is the tolerance frequencies allowed for fire maintenance services AS1851 - 2012    

Fire routine service frequencies AS1851 - 2012 

 

AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM - AS1851 section 2

Automatic fire sprinkler systems (wet and dry pipe systems)

  • Automatic sprinkler systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 2 on a monthly basis.
  • Additionally, a log book is required to be placed at the location of the sprinkler in order for the technician to record the results of each inspection, in accordance with AS1851 Section 2.

Delege and water spray systems

  • Wall wetting and drencher systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 2 on a monthly basis.
  • AS1851 section 2.4.7  12 heads or less on a monthly basis.

FIRE PUMP SETS - AS1851 section 3

Electric & Diesel Pumps

  • Fire hydrant booster pumps are inspected in accordance to AS1851 section 3 on a monthly basis.
  • Additionally, in the case of a hydrant booster pump being present, a log book is required in order for the technician to record the results of each weekly inspection,
    in accordance with maintenance code AS1851 Section 3.

FIRE HYDRANT SYSTEMS - AS1851 section 4

  • Fire hydrants are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 section 4 on an
    six (6) monthly basis.
  • Every year unassisted flow test is required.
  • Hydrant Boosters, Every year unassisted flow test is required. Every five years an assisted flow test & a pressure test is required.

WATER STORAGE TANKS FOR FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS - AS1851 section 5

  • Water Storage Tanks are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 section 5 on an 
    monthly basis.

FIRE DETECTION AND ALARM SYSTEMS - AS1851 section 6

Automatic fire detection and alarm system

  • Automatic fire detection and alarm systems (panels) are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1670 & AS1851 Section 6 on a monthly basis.
  • Additionally, a log book is required to be placed at the location of the fire indicator panel in order for the technician to record the results of each inspection, in accordance with AS1851 Section 6.

240v Smoke and Heat Alarms

  • Smoke and Heat Alarms are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1670 & AS1851 Section 6 on a six (6) monthly basis.

Emergency Warning Systems

  • Emergency Warning Systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1670 & AS1851 Section 6 on a monthly basis.

Emergency Intercom Systems

  • Emergency Intercom Systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1670 & AS1851 Section 6 on a yearly basis.

SPECIAL HAZARD SYSTEMS - AS1851 section 7

  • Special Hazard Systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1670 & AS1851 Section 7 on a monthly basis.

DELIVERY LAY FLAT FIRE HOSE - AS1851 section 8

  • Delivery lay flat fire hoses are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 section 8 on a 
    yearly basis.

FIRE HOSE REELS - AS1851 section 9

  • Fire hose reel systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 section 9 on a 
    six (6) monthly basis.

PORTABLE AND WHEELED FIRE EXTINGUISHERS - AS1851 section 10

  • Portable fire extinguishers are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 10 on a 
    six (6) monthly basis.
  • Additionally, five years pressure testing is required, plus recharging when an extinguisher is discharged.
    (all pressure testing and certification should be carried out by a licenced cylinder test station see AS2337.1)

FIRE BLANKETS - AS1851 section 11

  • Portable fire blankets are inspected in accordance with AS1851 Section 11 on a 
    six (6) monthly basis.

PASSIVE FIRE AND SMOKE SYSTEMS - AS1851 section 12

Fire Dampers

  • Fire dampers are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 12 on an 
    three (3) monthly basis.

Fire Doors

  • Fire doors are inspected annually and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 12 on a 
    six (6) monthly basis.

Fire Walls and Barriers / Separations

  • Fire walls barriers are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 12 on an a 
    yearly basis.

FIRE AND SMOKE CONTROL FEATURES OF MECHANICAL SERVICES - AS1851 section 13

  • Fire and Smoke Control Systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 13 on an three (3) monthly basis.

EMERGENCY PLANNING IN FACILITIES - AS1851 section 14

  • Emergency Planning in Facilties are inspected in accordance with AS1851 Section 14 on a 
    six (6) monthly basis.

EGRESS

Paths of travel, Stairways, Passageways or Ramps

  • Paths of travel for stairways, passageways and ramps are done in accordance to BCA D 2.23 on a yearly basis.

Warning and Operational Signs (stairway notices)

  • Warning and operational signs are inspected in accordance with BCA D 2.23 at the same time that fire doors are inspected and tested on a 
    six (6) monthly basis.

EXIT & EMERGENCY LIGHTING - AS2293.2

  • Exit and Emergency lights are inspected and tested in accordance with AS2293.2 and AS2293.3 on a
    six (6) monthly basis.

BACKFLOW PREVENTION - AS2845  "incumbrance notices"

  • Backflow preventors are inspected and tested in accordance with AS2845 on a yearly basis.