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  1. #1
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    Default Do Commercial Buildings need Smoke Alarms?

    Hi All,

    I thought commercial premises needed smoke alarms or detector systems. Is this correct? Is there an Act that says so?

    cheers,

    Donna
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    Yes they do.

    It's all part of the building consent process.

    Not sure what act? Same act that says you need fire escapes etc I suppose.
    Squadly dinky do!

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    We're moving office and in our 'unit' it has a fire extinguisher but no smoke detection or alarm (and none in the building says the LL) which I think is odd and I would have thought it illegal to lease out premises without alarms etc. Our insurance co is asking the question so I have asked the agent to tell the LL to put one in - I think the LL won't agree to it. Odd though as I would have thought a proper fire alarm system connected to the fire brigade would 'reduce' building insurance premiums aye.

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    Is there a building WOF?

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    LL will talk with a fire safety officer - I've put him on to. A fire safety plan, the works will be put in place.

    It's more complicated than first thought as there are lots of LLs each with their slice of the building so I guess if you don't ask the question you just don't know what's in place and what's not so I'm in the LLs good books for raising it.

    cheers,

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    only sleeping needs smoke detection

    fire alarms depend on the use of the building occupancy and storeys

    a single level building under 50 people without sleeping and not a child care etc does not need an alarm.

    Evacuation is another issue but different from fire safety system.

    you can download the relevant fire safety requirements at MBIE here
    https://www.building.govt.nz/buildin...cation-methods

    BWOFs are only required for buildings with compliance schedules and these in turn are buildings with "specified systems" as defined in the regs (and fire alarms (if required) are specified systems)

    clear as mud?


 

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