Fire Hydrant Testing — It’s a Requirement!!
A building’s fire hydrant system is a precautionary measure required in some buildings and supplies pressurised water from pipes throughout a building to a strategically located series of valves in order for the Fire Brigade to fight fires. The minimum requirements for servicing of fire hydrants are specified in Australian Standards AS 1851-2012 Section 4, where it states that fire hydrants require 6 monthly inspections, 12 monthly inspections and testing, and 5 yearly preventive maintenance.
All states and territories have enacted legislation requiring building or facility owners (and in some instances tenants) to ensure required fire protection systems and equipment are properly maintained and able to fulfil their purpose. AWTT clients automatically receive updates of any changes made to legislation and we will make sure you remain compliant.
How We Keep You Safe and Compliant
We visually inspect your Fire Hydrant every 6 months to ensure there are no signs of damage or deterioration, that all hydrant valves are accessible, and that cabinet enclosures are accessible and clear of extraneous materials.
At 12 monthly inspections we conduct all required tests. A summary of those tests includes ensuring the presence of water at each valve, we test each valve monitor, verify pressure readings, conduct water supply proving tests, and a hydrant system interface test.
This 5 yearly test proves the Fire Brigade Booster Assembly and associated on-site pump bypass, valving and piping can sustain firefighting operations. The Australian Standard (Table 4.4.4) nominates two tests: Fire Brigade Booster Flow Testing and Hydrostatic Pressure Service and Testing.
We provide written reports for all inspections and tests. These reports contain all elements of work completed as per the requirements in the Australian Standards and will highlight anything requiring rectification. If rectification is required we will recommend tailored solutions.
The Guiding Document
The Australian Standard for the inspection and maintenance of Fire Hydrants is AS 1851-2012. Our clients automatically receive updates on any changes to this Standard or any change to individual state or territory requirements.