Fire Risk Identification Guide FRIDG
The Fire Risk IDentification Guide (FRIDG) is aimed at helping to reduce risks to residents and firefighters at house fires.
Developed by Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW), FRIDG consists of a bright yellow sticker (about the size of a CD case) that identifies different types of construction and common features in newly built or renovated homes, as well as the number of bedrooms and the level they are located on. The sticker is placed on the inside of the electricity meter box and will be seen by firefighters when turning off the power at the box in the event of a fire. The information provided on the stickers will allow firefighters to predict more quickly how and where the fire is likely to spread, thereby reducing the risk of injury to occupants and the potential for quicker search and rescue in specific locations.
A 12 month trial of the FRIDG program commenced in April 2006 in 13 council areas throughout NSW in association with the respective local councils, including Penrith, Baulkham Hills, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Camden, Sutherland, Blacktown, Eurobodalla, Dubbo, Katoomba, Coffs Harbour, Tweed Shire and Wyong. The stickers will be sent out by each council with the development application or construction certificate. Builders or developers in the area will be required to complete the sticker as an approval condition on all new Class 1a dwellings or additions.
The trial is available at the present time in the 13 local council areas only. To participate in the trial on a voluntary basis or for further information, please contact your local fire station.
The initiative is supported by local councils, the Local Government and Shires Association, the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors and the Building Regulations Advisory Council.
- To reduce the life / injury risk of occupants within the dwelling in the event of a fire, by supplying vital information about the construction and design of the premises.
- To assist fire crews in identifying the materials used in construction which may impact on any rescue and fire fighting activities including the time required to assess potential risks.
- To reduce the risk of fire crews by minimising exposure time and providing important information about the premises with the potential to initiate quicker rescue activities.
- The sticker is to be fixed to the external electricity meter box on the side of one of the internal walls of the box. It should be clearly visible without any obstructions.
- The sticker has a self adhesive peel off backing and must be permanently fixed to the location indicated above on all Class 1a dwellings or additions.
- The sticker should be filled out by the Builder/Developer using a black, permanent marking pen.
- The appropriate boxes should be ticked and the boxes relating to the bedroom location should have a number placed in them corresponding to the number of bedrooms in that location.
- There is a blank line and check box at the bottom of the sticker that may be filled in if there is an aspect of design or construction that may impact on the life safety of the occupants or fire crews in the event of a fire. Eg. LPG bottles instead of Natural Gas for cooking/heating, Tilt Slab construction.
- The council building surveyor or private certifier will inspect the sticker at the final inspection to ensure it has been filled out correctly and fixed in the correct position.
Contact your Local Council or the Fire and Rescue NSW - Community Engagement and Development Unit (02) 9742 7179 or email to: CEDU.NSWFB@fire.nsw.gov.au