Three steps to get your fire safety system right from the start

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Central to effective fire prevention is a well-designed fire safety system. With decades of experience in comprehensive fire protection services, the DEM Fire team specialises in considered and compliant solution design.

We ensure our solution design is sound by tailoring every fire safety system design to client objectives, by using our in-house processes and by overseeing full project management, including Complying Development Certificate (CDC), system installation and fire compliance.

Given the complexity of fire safety system design – which may include suppression systems, special hazard systems and other safety measures such as alarm systems, fire equipment and passive fire protection – it takes a detail-orientated and methodical approach to deliver an effective fire safety system.

Here are the three key steps we take at DEM Fire, to ensure we get your fire safety system right from the start.

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Understand the needs of each client

Fire safety systems are never one-size-fits-all and the first step is a detailed discussion with our customers. Andrew Roy, Electrical Projects Manager with DEM Fire, explains why consultation is key.

“Every property and business is different, and it’s very important to understand precise customer needs and the assets that need to be protected.

That design informs every other stage of the process, including system installation by our fire technicians, so it’s very important to have it correct from the start.

One of the first steps is to look at the Building Code of Australia (BCA),” he adds. “We need to determine what class of building we are looking at, and from there, what specifications we need to adhere to and the industry and BCA Standards we need to comply with.”

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Provide end-to-end servicing

As part of our solution design, our project team conducts site inspection to confirm the layout and required features. “We look at detector spacing, the type of detectors required and various factors including the transmission cabling and fire indication panel,” says Andrew.

“Our accredited fire safety system engineers and designers create technical drawings and, depending on the client, we can also look after all CDC requirements.”

As part of any construction or property development, commercial property owners need a CDC prior to any work, which confirms the proposed development meets relevant planning and building controls under the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Once we have full project information, including current plans, we can issue a CDC within two working days. When the project is ready to start, we manage the complete installation, commissioning and sign off on project completion.

We take hold of full project management and our expert in-house team oversees every detail.

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Have an agile, accredited team

To ensure the quality of your fire safety system design, it’s important to monitor the design at various stages, as construction design changes or other factors may necessitate a change in fire safety system design.

“When drawings change during construction, we need to redesign the fire system accordingly to ensure the design meets relevant BCA and industry codes and all assets are protected in the event of a fire,” says Andrew.

“Something as simple as an additional door will need a redesign so that we can add a fire trip to connect it back to the alarm system and ensure it unlocks in the event of a fire allowing people to exit.

As another example, we recently designed a fire safety system for a wine warehouse with a high-ceiling cool room,” Andrew continues. “At the installation stage, our technicians discovered ceiling fans in one corner of the room that were hidden by storage racks and not visible at the initial inspection. The team contacted me, and we redesigned it to swap smoke detectors in that location for thermals.

It’s very important to have switched-on team members who understand the design and recognise when something will be an issue,” he adds.

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Expert fire prevention services

Under the mandatory Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS), all fire system designers must be Fire Systems Design (FSC) accredited. With a fully accredited team, DEM Fire provides comprehensive fire prevention solutions.

We’re also committed to outstanding service for every customer, and we go above and beyond to ensure your property and people are protected.

Please contact us to discuss your solution design, system installation, asset management and fire compliance.

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