No one likes paperwork. But when you manage a building or property, there are a plethora of regulations, standards and processes that you must understand. Knowing the different fire safety statements you need is no exception. While it can be confusing, mainly when regulations change, understanding the relevant is crucial in ensuring your property remains compliant with safety standards.
That’s why we’ve unpacked the essential information you need to understand your fire safety statements.
What are fire safety statements?
Fire safety statements confirm the minimum performance standard at the time of construction or modification of the building for each fire safety measure in your building. In addition, it verifies that an accredited practitioner (fire safety) has assessed, inspected and confirmed the performance of those fire safety measures in accordance with their original design.
This document is issued by or on behalf of the building owner and applies to all existing buildings (except class 1a and 10).
The two main types of fire safety statements are:
Annual fire safety statements (AFSS)
Regulation requires that owners of buildings that contain essential fire safety measures issue an annual fire safety statement. As a building owner, you must ensure that an annual fire safety statement is issued each year and that a copy is supplied to the local council and to Fire and Rescue NSW.
Supplementary fire safety statements
Unlike the annual fire safety statement, the supplementary fire safety statement is issued at intervals specified in the fire safety schedule for your property. This statement verifies the performance of each existing critical fire safety measure in your building.
What reports do I need from my fire safety provider?
As stated above, an accredited practitioner (fire safety) must assess the specific fire safety measures for the building owner to prepare the fire safety statements.
Your fire safety provider should supply you with a report indicating the performance assessment carried out during the inspection of your fire safety measures. This report will form the basis for completing your fire safety statement.
If you need more information on fire safety inspections, check out our article on how you can simplify this process.
How do I complete my fire safety statement?
Ensure you use the most up to date version of the fire safety statement template. You can find those by visiting the NSW Planning, Industry & Environment website.
To help our clients, Global Fire has invested in digital signature technology for fast, secure and efficient automated processing of AFSS. Find out more about the advantages of using digital signature technology by reading our article.
For a helpful guide on how to complete the fire safety statement, read our step-by-step guide.
Don’t get overwhelmed by the regulations. By understanding the requirements for fire safety statements, you can plan and prepare everything you need to ensure a smooth process. Plus, if you have a dependable fire safety provider who can assist you at every step of the process, preparing your fire safety statements need not be a burden.
Want a quick and reliable way to secure your AFSS? Contact Global Fire. We offer a convenient, secure, and reliable process for completing your fire safety statements. Our expert team will ensure a smooth and worry-free process. For a wide range of fire protection solutions, call us now on 1300 88 70 18 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.