Homeowner’s Guide to Making Your Rental Fire Safe.

June 26, 2014 Fire Chief 0

If you are looking to rent your property in Queensland there are a number of building fire safety regulations that you must adhere to. The laws, which are applicable under the Queensland Fire and Rescue Safety Act 1990, apply to all domestic homes in the state, not just the rental sector. When leasing a home, it can be quite confusing for lessors to understand their responsibility for compliance and associated costs. All new developments usually adhere to the regulations upon construction and their project marketing companies like Ray White property marketing Queensland will have all the details about the prescribed fire safety installations for each building they are marketing for developers. From a rental perspective there are four main parties who are responsible; they are: The Owners The Occupiers Individuals – Broad term which encompasses all parties for general fire safety obligations Managing Entities (Real Estate Property Managers or Body Corporates) There is a resource available from Queensland Emergency Services which is designed to assist owners and occupiers with building safety available here. This is only a guide and it may be worth contacting an authorised company to help with compliance. Some of the obligations include: Certifying that ventilation systems […]

Fire Safety- making your home fire safe!

June 25, 2014 Fire Chief 0

A fire can take hold in 3 minutes, but it only takes seconds to learn how to prevent one. Some easy things to remember that will make you fire safe are: Always turn off the stove before leaving the kitchen. You might forget and leave the house otherwise Move appliances away from anything that could potentially catch fire. For example, putting your toaster near the curtains in your kitchen is not a good idea. If you feel it necessary to dry your clothes with a heater, make sure they are far enough away that even if the clothes fall over they will not reach the heating elements Don’t overload power sockets. Having multiple power adaptors and power boards drawing from one outlet is a potential risk. Spread out your appliances to different areas of the house. Candles and naked flames are unpredictable, wind can make flames jump to other areas of a room and unextinguished candles can melt down and catch fire to a range of surfaces. All it takes to be fire safe is blowing it out before you leave. If there is a fire, a smoke alarm is one of the key items that will save your life. […]