Fire Protection

Original timber beams and flooring heighten the fire risk.
Original timber beams and flooring heighten the fire risk.

Fire protection in common areas

When smoke is detected in the common areas, the building’s main fire alarm will emit a series of loud sirens.  A recorded voice will issue evacuation instructions. You must vacate your apartment immediately and assemble in front of the building in Gore St.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade will respond to alarms activated by smoke detectors in the common areas or the activation of the fire sprinkler system.

Fire protection in apartments

The smoke detector in your apartment emits a loud beeping sound when activated. It is activated by smoke but can also be activated by particles such as plaster dust.

The noise emitted will only cease when the smoke or particles clear. To avoid activating the building’s main fire alarm, do not open your door to the atrium to clear kitchen smoke.

Smoke detectors in apartments are mains powered with battery backup. Batteries should be changed annually.

Your front door is a fire door and is designed to help prevent the spread of fire and smoke.

Owners should ensure their fire door

  • operates satisfactorily.
  • is firmly secured on its hinges to the door jamb
  • fits reasonably in the frame
  • closes fully on its release.

Owners and tenants must not undertake works that would compromise essential fire services.

Fire protection for the the entire building

The fire sprinkler system installed in apartments and common areas contains water under high pressure and will operate when a sprinkler head is exposed to heat or the glass filament is broken.

Sprinkler heads are designed to be activated by heat, but can also be inadvertently activated by impact or damage.
Sprinkler heads are designed to be activated by heat, but can also be inadvertently activated by impact or damage.

Breaking a filament normally triggers a response from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, which may seek reimbursement in the event of a false alarm.