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Because of the travel distance to the front door exceeding 20 metres, this doorway is a required exit from the shop.  It needs an EXIT sign above the door.   Clear access would be nice, too.A real estate company got a handyman to rectify the entry door to a residential unit, in Wollongong.  Liquid nails is not the solution.  In any case, the gap around the door sides and top is to be no more than 3 mm.This is the view of the outside of the door pictured in the previous photo.  There is only so much timber which can be taken from the side of a fire door.Behind this clutter is the required exit door from the business.
This is a photo of another exit door.  The upper lock is non-compliant.People on the inside of this building cannot see what is on the outside of the building, obviously.  Would you like to be behind the door, in the case of a disaster occurring?This set of steps forms part of the pathway out of a building.  Imagine what could happen in the dark to someone trying to escape.FIRE!  FIRE!  Imagine trying to get to this fire hose reel when you really need it.
Check the positioning of the hand wheel.In this photo, the roof leaked onto the fire panel causing many issues with the fire panel, including not working properly.The door in the middle is small.  There is a fire hose reel behind it.  It is very difficult to gain access to and is non-compliant with the Australian Standards.This sprinkler pipework is too low.  There needs to be a test point and gauge installed to be compliant with the relevant fire standards.
The Australian Standard says the gap behind the wheel and the wall should be 100mm or more.The occupant told the service technician that the smoke alarm was beeping.  The 9V battery backup had been removed.  If a fire was to occur at night, the alarm would not have worked and someone could have died.  People’s noses don’t work when they are sleThis hose is flat, because it has been rolled up without water in it.  The hose should have measured 36 metres in length.  Instead this one was only 8 metres.  Look near the nozzle.  There is another leak which has been taped up.Read the sign…….Look at the lock and chain.
A bit of housekeeping is required here.  Access is blocked be crates and timber.  I hope there isn’t a fire in the complex, because there will be a delay while the Fire Brigade tries to hook up the fire hose.No block plan.  How did this pass for occupancy to be allowed?This is a photo of a fire hose that an untrained person tried to work on.  It took a long time to unravel this mess.  If you don’t know what you are doing, leave it alone, please.A different way to have your spaghetti.  You’ve got to ask…..”How did this pass?”
This is a fire evacuation plan drawn by someone that didn’t have a clue of the standards.  It is not right.The gauge needs to be replaced.This is the new door which was installed that replaced the old door from photo 2 and 3.  The gap at the bottom of the door should be less that 10mm, not 20.  Was it the same handyman who did this?  It certainly wasn’t The Extinguisher Guy’s work.A common non-compliance with the Australian Standards.  There should be a fire hydrant block plan.
The shut off valve should be directly below the hose reel drum, according to the Australian Standards.  Besides access issues, can you see the shut off valve in this photo?A close up of the previous photo.  Can you see the shut off valve now?Pipework for this sprinkler system is the wrong size to be compliant.  There are other issues.  You can pick the problem, can’t you?This fire hose reel had been serviced by another fire company only a few days earlier.  The service technician should have rolled the hose all the way out to inspect the condition of the hose.  OOPS!  This can also happen if the fire hose isn’t turned off
Fire extinguisher is too high….. fire hose reel is too low.Check out the condition of the fire hose reel.Another angle of the fire hose reel in photo 35.  If the gas cylinder was on fire, what would you do?This fire blanket has been installed too low.
Fire doors are made to contain the fire to a room.  They should generally be shut at all times.  If there was a fire in this kitchen, smoke would invade the hallway which people are using to get out of the building.Another fire company had just service this fire extinguisher!  The occupants would have been in real danger if there had been a fire.The red LED shows fire brigade and service technicians which fire detector was activated.Clear access to all fire hose reels is very important.
Pathways out of buildings should be 1 metre wide and clear.  This is the way out of a commercial kitchen.  Besides the narrowness of the path of egress, notice the trip hazard in the hall.

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