Keeping your Church fire safe
The fire safety statement is a record of maintenance of the fire safety systems within a building that is required to be given to your local Council.
Under clause 177 and clause 180 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 Buildings of The Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW and the ACT are required to meet Fire Safety Standard.
The importance of keeping the fire safety measures up to date is essential to ensure the safety of the public, employees and other people that may be affected if a fire or emergency within a building was to occur.
Inspections and maintenance along with annual fire safety Statements must be carried out by a competent fire safety practitioner to a standard no less than to which the measure was originally designed, as identified on the building’s fire safety schedule.
Below is the list of Minimum Essential Requirements.
- Exit and Emergency lights (to guide occupants to safe Egress Paths)
- Fire Extinguishers or Blankets (To allow effective first response to a fire)
- Evacuation Drill/Warden training every 12 months
- Smoke Alarms
- Evacuation Plans (to educate the regular occupants how to evacuate the building)
- Fire Safety Statement ( to declare the building is capable of performing to the fire safety standard required)
Complying with the minimum essential standards shows we are meeting our legal and moral obligations and assists in providing a safe workplace and property.
If Councils have not asked you for an Annual Fire safety statements, it is still important to meet the minimum standards required for the building.
The 2018 Annual Fire Safety statements must be completed by the churches “responsible body” (Regulation 4.4.1 Responsibility for Property) and forwarded to the Property Trust to sign section 9 the Owners Authorisation.
We will then send the signed document back to you for lodgement with council.
If you are unsure this affects you please contact Uniting Resources Property Services.