Compliance & Safety

The Loose-fill Asbestos Deadline is Looming…

Fitzpatricks - 21/07/2016

August 1 is fast approaching, which is the cut-off to register for free sample testing, so it’s critical that homeowners act on the issue of loose-fill asbestos now. The NSW Government is considering new laws to protect the community from unknowingly purchasing a property that contains loose-fill asbestos, which, if you do not know the status of loose-fill asbestos in our home, will have certain ramifications when …

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Don’t Lose the Value of your Home… to Loose-fill Asbestos

Fitzpatricks - 17/05/2016

You may think all this talk about Mr Fluffy is annoying… but it is a serious issue, one that could have significant ramifications if ignored. If present, but your property isn’t registered by August 1st, there will be no financial assistance or buy back of the property. Home owners will be on their own with an uninhabitable property. If your property was constructed prior to 1980, it could …

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Alarming Stats on Smoke Alarms

Fitzpatricks - 05/05/2016

As Channel Seven News reported recently, the green light indicators or pressing the smoke alarm to check its working is not as reliable as you would think – and that years after regulations forced a rush to install smoke alarms, fire fighters say it’s now time to replace them. And with good reason… Research has found that over 40% of smoke alarms inspected in Wagga Wagga are …

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Pool Compliance IS DUE!

Fitzpatricks - 27/04/2016

THE DUE DATE HAS ARRIVED ON POOL COMPLIANCE! As of April 29, 2016 any property with a swimming pool or spa must have a valid Compliance Certificate to either rent or sell the property! Whether you’re a vendor or landlord, don’t get stuck – ensure your pool is registered and book a Council Compliance inspection now! For further information, contact your Tenancy Manager or NSW Fair Trading’s …

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Better Safe than Very Sorry…

Fitzpatricks - 08/03/2016

Last week, members of our team attended a seminar presented by the Office of Fair Trading regarding the asbestos crisis unfolding with the “Mr Fluffy” ceiling insulation. This loose-fill insulation was installed into homes in the 1960s and 1970s – how old is your property? The business was based out of Canberra – with the ACT and surrounding areas having experienced the biggest impact to …

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Christmas Light Safety

Fitzpatricks - 10/12/2015

Decorating your house at Christmas is an exciting time! There are a few things to remember when putting up your lights to make sure you keep yourself, and your house safe. Inspect your old Christmas lights Check if there are any exposed wires or any damage to them before you connect them. While you are looking over them, don’t forget to check that the globes …

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Swimming Pool Safety Barrier Compliance

Fitzpatricks - 11/11/2015

From April 29th 2016, all properties with a swimming pool or spa pool in New South Wales require a Certificate of Compliance before they can be sold or leased. It is your responsibility as a pool owner to ensure your pool safety barrier complies with Australian Standards and the Swimming Pools Act 1992. All swimming pools and spas containing more than 30 cm of water must be surrounded …

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Mr Fluffy and investment properties

Fitzpatricks - 03/09/2015

Was your property constructed or renovated before 1980? Throughout the 1960s to the 1980s, pure loose-fill asbestos was sold as ceiling insulation to residential and commercial premises. A Canberra based company known as ‘Mr Fluffy’ installed insulation in around 1,000 houses in the ACT, and it is also understood to have installed insulation into homes in NSW. There is a possibility that the company may …

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