What are a Management Company’s Fire Safety Responsibilities?
According to the Fire Services Acts of 1981 and 2003, a multi-unit development must have proper fire safety and detection equipment and management. An Owners Management Company is usually the legal entity in charge of a multi-unit development (OMC).
The OMC Board of Directors should consider their fire safety responsibilities under the MUD Act. They should consider whether a qualified professional is required to conduct a fire safety assessment/audit of their structure. The practitioner should assess whether the applicable fire safety regulations are being followed and make recommendations for correcting any shortcomings. Fire protection system maintenance, fire-related elements of building construction (e.g., fire doors and partitions), fire stopping, waste pipe collaring, compartmentation, and management of unprotected openings such as service shafts, as well as ignition sources such as refuse, are all examples of this.
All multi-unit developments should be audited on a regular basis to ensure that they have the necessary fire safety measures in place and that the equipment, such as the ones listed below, is in good working order.
• Smoke Detectors (quarterly system test and annual test of the equipment within apartments)
• Extinguishers (fire extinguishers) (annually tested)
• Reels for hoses (half yearly tests)
• Identifying escape routes
• Fire-resistant escape routes and structures
• Lighting in Case of Emergency (Quarterly tests)
• Vents that open automatically (annually tested)
• Building compartmentation in the event of a fire
• Riser pipes and sprinklers (various tests from quarterly to five yearly)
• Keeping fire doors, smoke seals, and closers in good working order
• Electrical, gas, and heat-producing appliances, as well as ventilation ducts and fire dampers, are all in compliance.
• Operation of escape routes’ fastenings
• Adherence to the Fire Safety Certification documentation filed with the local government, as well as the certificate issued.
• A fire safety register is kept and updated on a regular basis.