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Why Is Having A Fire Marshal So Important?

With the proper training and certification a fire marshal can eliminate fire hazards from the office and respond quickly during emergency situations. This ensures the safety of the occupants of the building if something goes wrong.

Whether residential or commercial, fires destroy property, cause injuries and take lives. A fire in the workplace can also mean the loss of jobs if buildings are not rebuilt. One of the best ways to ensure these horrible effects don’t impact you is to ensure your workplace has a trained and certified fire marshal to oversee emergencies.

Fire Safety Training

Most people aren’t familiar with the procedure during a fire. Some newer employees might not be familiar with the office layout. A fire marshal can conduct operations throughout the emergency and direct people to fire exits they can use to safely exit the building. Fire safety training teaches marshals how to recognise fire hazards, conduct a risk assessment, prevent a fire and respond in an emergency.

Without a fire marshal to check every room in an office for occupants, people might be liable to ignore a fire warning and continue working and this is unsafe. Similarly, without someone to coordinate a meeting point in the event of a fire, employees might wander off and get lost. This can cause downturns to productivity and is unsafe in circumstances where everyone must be accounted for.

Fire Safety Risk Assessment

A fire safety risk assessment is the first step in preventing fires. It identifies people at risk, state of emergency preparedness and effectiveness of fire controls in the workplace. An assessment identifies:

  1. Emergency exits
  2. Fire detection and warning systems
  3. Fire fighting equipment
  4. Removal or safe storage of dangerous substances
  5. The emergency fire evacuation plan
  6. The needs of vulnerable people
  7. Communication with employees during an emergency
  8. Staff fire safety training.

Duties of a Fire Marshal

It’s important that all employees in a workplace are prepared for the event of a fire. A fire marshal is able to help with this by providing directions prior to an event; in a scheduled meeting or during a fire drill. During training, a fire marshal will instruct their colleagues about the company’s emergency plan, how to activate the fire alarm, how to exit the building in the case of fire, where designated meeting areas area and how to fight fire with a fire extinguisher.

Every employee is responsible for preventing fires in the workplace. It is possible to reduce the threat of fire in the workplace by appointing a fire marshal to undergo training and, in turn, teach employees what to do in case of an emergency.

Checkpoint Group – Fire Safety Solutions for the Workplace

If you work in construction and are looking to enhance your site safety, Checkpoint Group welcome you to browse the range of fire protection equipment. By ensuring easy access to fire extinguishers and equipping your employees with the knowledge to deal with emergency situations, you can improve crisis outcomes and demonstrate a commitment to health and safety in the workplace.


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The Essential Supplies of a Workplace First Aid Kit

No matter your industry, it is essential that you are prepared for both minor injuries and medical emergencies. Workplace health and safety is not something to be taken lightly. By implementing first aid training protocols and providing easy access to first aid kits, you can quickly react and ensure your employees health and safety whilst on the job. Whether you’re in construction or hospitality, employees are exposed to a range of hazards including slips, trips and falls along with exposure to toxic and corrosive materials. It is crucial that you have a well-stocked first aid kid from Checkpoint Group at the ready.

The Essential Supplies in your First Aid Kit

Accidents can happen at any moment, so first aid kits should be placed at key points around your workplace. You will want to consider each specific work area and the types of hazards present, and this will enable you to pick the most appropriate first aid kit for the job.

Every good workplace first aid kit should contain, at a minimum, the following items:

  • Antiseptic
  • Cold and warm packs
  • Adhesive tape/bandage
  • Burn dressing (gel soaked)
  • Breathing barrier
  • Skin and eye wash
  • Face masks
  • Antibiotics
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Trauma pad
  • Tourniquet
  • Scissors
  • Sterile Pad
  • Splint

Different Types of First Aid Kits

Wall mounted first aid kids are always a good option as they are highly visible, affordable and contain all the basics needed to address minor injuries. It can also be very helpful to place a few bleed kits/trauma kits in areas such as break rooms or other frequently used rooms. You should also have a first aid kit operator – large workplace softpack which can be grabbed on the go and taken immediately to injured workers. For more hazardous environments, the First Aid First Responder Station would be a good choice as it contains a large amount of safety equipment as well as an alarm system, and it is mounted to a trolley for easy manoeuvrability.

There are various First Aid Equipment Options to choose from, depending on the type of hazards present in the area, you may opt for:

  • National compliant first aid kits
  • Defibrillator
  • Bleed kit/Trauma kit
  • Eyewash kit
  • CPR kit
  • Oxygen kit
  • Other custom items available

Other Important First-Aid Considerations

In addition to having a fully stocked first aid kit, you should also ensure that you have appropriate facilities such as a dressing station and dedicated first aid room somewhere on site. Remember you will also need an appropriate route and method of transportation for injured workers needing to be taken to the first aid area.

It is also important to keep note of who has accessed your first aid kits and what items were used, so that replacements can be ordered as needed to keep the kit fully stocked.

Education also plays a key role in injury prevention and management, so you should ensure your team have a comprehensive knowledge of the following:

  • Risk minimisation strategies
  • CPR
  • How to treat fractures and strains
  • Immobilising injured workers
  • How to safely handle/transport injured workers
  • How to quickly assess an injury and determine the best treatment option (e.g. treatment of burns, cuts, fractures etc)
  • How to apply a sling and dressing

Checkpoint Group – First Aid Solutions for the Workplace

If you work in construction and are looking to enhance your site safety, Checkpoint Group welcome you to browse the range of First Aid & Defibrillators. By ensuring easy access to first aid kits and equipping your employees with the knowledge to deal with emergency situations, you can improve treatment outcomes and demonstrate a commitment to health and safety in the workplace.

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Cygnus Wireless Fire Alarms – 5 Reasons to Install and Improve Construction Safety

 Construction sites are busy places full of activity, and with this activity comes a heightened level of risk to the health and safety of construction workers and visitors to the site. Accidents or unexpected events can happen at any moment, but by responding quickly you can gain control over the situation and keep your team safe. Many of Australia’s leading contractors utilise Cygnus wireless alarm systems to enhance their site safety, with these systems covering everything from site evacuation through to first aid alerts, fire detection, exclusion zone alarms and site security alarms.

Protect the safety of your workers and valuable assets with a Cygnus system from Checkpoint Group, here are 5 reasons to invest in a system and upgrade your site safety today.

  • Quick and Easy to Install

When it comes to installation, Cygnus systems couldn’t be easier. Generally speaking it takes only a few minutes to be up and running. When placing an order, just let us know the details of your project and you will be provided with project based pricing. Your alarm system can also be pre-configured to help speed up the install time. Because these systems are wireless, you don’t need to worry about pesky cables, drilling holes or adding additional protection.

  • Suitable for Sites of All Sizes

Cygnus wireless alarms are suitable for sites big and small, as they are capable of operating up to 480 devices in 15 zones. Within each zone, you can have up to 32 devices connected via the wireless mesh network. Full control over the zones can be gained using a control panel. When the alarm is sounded, the control panel will receive a notification of the exact location. The notification can be received on site staff phones or site radios. If you need to expand your system as your site grows, this is easy. Simply add new additions or move your existing wireless alarms and detectors around to suit your needs. With Cygnus, you can enjoy efficient and reliable full site protection.

  • Reliable, Strong Connection

It is critical that your wireless alarm system is functional in all conditions, and Cygnus has been purpose designed to operate in modern construction sites – many of which feature dense concrete and complex steel structures. Many different radio frequencies can be used on site at the same time, and Cygnus has been tested to operate in open air environments at distances over 1km. The network meshing system utilised by Cygnus ensures a stable and reliable connection on site.

  • Cutting Edge Technology

Utilising the latest technologies, Cygnus systems give you full control over the performance of your devices. You can monitor the status of all your devices using the control panel, and you will also be notified of any signal faults and low batteries. Rapid innovations in technology have made it possible for wireless fire alarms to overtake the traditional wired units in a short span of time.

  • Adapted to Your Needs

Each site requires different solutions. Cygnus alarm solutions cover all bases, enabling you to quickly install intruder alarms, fire alarms, interface units and first aid alert facilities in a matter of minutes. With all needs covered, you can rest assured that your site and workers are safe and sound.


Enhance Your Site Safety – Contact Checkpoint Group Today

Checkpoint Group are a leading construction safety solutions provider and a proud distributor of Cygnus wireless alarm systems. Contact us today, and well tailor the right solution for your site requirements. Call now on 02 6284 3173 or send an enquiry via our website, we look forward to assisting you.

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Prevent Cooking Fires with Stove Guard

Did you know the #1 cause of house fires globally occur in the kitchen from cooking?

Nothing is more devastating than a house fire, so please take note to ensure your loved ones and valuable property remain safe.

Some Important Tips for Kitchen Fire Safety are;

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Install a smoke alarm and test it regularly. It is not recommended to install a smoke detector in the kitchen, however make sure there is one nearby.
  • Keep Children away from cooktops and ovens during cooking.
  • Heat cooking oil slowly and carefully to avoid overheating or splashing oil.
  • If cooking oil catches fire turn off the hotplate and use a lid or fire blanket to smother the fire. Be extremely careful! Cooking oil fires are extremely hot and dangerous. If you don’t feel confident, switch off the power leave the premises and dial 000.
  • Never use water to try and extinguisher a cooking fire!
  • Ensure saucepans and pot handles are turned inwards to prevent accidental knocks and out of reach of children.
  • Keep your hotplates and workspace clean, along with the rangehood and other kitchen appliances.
  • Install a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in the kitchen and make sure you know how to use them. They need to be installed at least 1m from the cooking area, ideally towards the nearest exit.
  • Ensure all cooking appliances are turned off after use.


Introducing Stove Guard by InnoHome.

An additional way to ensure the safety of your Kitchen is to install a Stove Guard device by Innohome.

This is smart solution consists of an intelligent heat sensor which mounts under your rangehood, and links wirelessly to the controller. If the sensor detects a dangerous level of heat on the cooktop it immediately cuts the power to the cooktop. This means that it prevents a fire before it starts! Read on for more information.



Ideal for everyday living, independent living, aged card facilities, student accomodation, any accomodation such as Airbnb etc.

For more information please view the product page here;

Further video resources below.


What is a Stove Guard?

Short video explaining how the Stove Guard Works.


Live Test of Stove Guard on High Power Induction Cooktop.

It is frightening to see how quick a fire can start, and take hold in your kitchen! Just over 3 minutes from start to flames!


Over 50% of House Fires Start In Kitchen


Stove Guard on Discovery Channel


Contact the Checkpoint Team Today to find out more!

Free Call Phone within Australia 1800 273 473

International Phone +61 2 6284 3173


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New! Checkpoint Architectural Cabinet Range

Checkpoint Architectural Fire Extinguisher Cabinets

Introducing the Checkpoint 6000 series Architectural Cabinets!

This exciting new product range is designed to blend seamlessly into your interior.


Large cabinet range – custom made to order!

Fire safety in building design is a momentous subject (and rightly so) when lives are ultimately at risk. This constraint can present some formidable challenges for the design team behind any project. At Checkpoint, we thought it was time to ask some questions; We asked ourselves questions like: Why should structured and developed interior schemes be compromised in order to create a safer environment? And why should this emotive and topical issue be at the cost of aesthetics and form?

We answered them by developing the Checkpoint range of architectural fire safety cabinets.

Available in steel, stainless steel or aluminium, with multiple different sizes, door styles, finishes and designs.

Contact our design team today to see how we can help!

Phone 1800 273 473

architecture interiordesign finishes

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Evacuation System


How effective is your current evacuation system?


Can you safely evacuate your site quickly and easily?


Can you alert all personnel on site of a potential life threatening situation?


Do you practice evacuation drills regularly?


Checkpoint can assist with design for a site evacuation system, whether it be a construction site, warehouse, manufacturing facility, factory, storage facility, waste processing facility, shipyard or pretty much any other site!

The purpose of an evacuation system is to warn persons within the site of a fire or other potentially life threatening hazard. The audible and visual components of the system alert everyone present to immediately leave the building and proceed as quickly as possible to the evacuation area.

Commonly, an evacuation system consists a loud siren (or number of sirens) combined with strobe lights or other visual alert device. Visual strobe lights assist in very noisy areas, or areas where there may be persons with a hearing impairment or wearing PPE such as earmuffs. The Cygnus combined siren and strobe device has a high pitched audible tone, with the frequency designed to penetrate over normal construction/manufacturing operational noise.

The added benefit of the Cygnus evacuation system is it is entirely battery powered, meaning you can safely evacuate your site, even in a power outage!

The wireless functionality of the system means it is very easy to retrofit to an existing structure. as there a no cables or power supply that needs to be run.

Browse the common evacuation devices using the below link; 

Common devices are;

CYG24F Evacuation Call Point – with First Aid Alert Button – 110db Siren

CYG24 Evacuation Call Point – 110db Siren

CYG24-85 Evacuation Call Point – 85db Siren for indoor use


Please contact the Checkpoint Team if you have any questions or need any help designing an effective evacuation system for your site!

We look forward to hearing from you.


Phone 1800 273 473