Fire extinguishers are compulsory for all workplaces regardless if other fire protection measures are in place. Different types of extinguishers are used for different types of fires and the class of fire will depend on the type of building, asset or business you have.
The performance and successful use of a fire extinguisher will depend on many factors.
- The placement of extinguishers on the premises.
- The proper training of using fire extinguishers.
- And regular maintenance of fire extinguishers.
Fire extinguishers must be installed to meet the requirements of Australian standards AS2444.
The different types of extinguishers:
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Fire Extinguishers (Class E)
Suitable for fires involving electronic equipment. Computers and Switchboards
Foam Fire Extinguishers (Class A & B)
Suitable for fires involving cloths, oil, paints, paper, petrol, plastics, rubber textiles, and wood.
Powder Fire Extinguishers (Class ABE)
Suitable for boat, car, caravan, garage and house fires.
Powder Fire Extinguishers (BE)
Suitable for boat, car and caravan fires. They discharge a powder that absorbs fuel molecules.
Water Fire Extinguishers (Class A)
Recommended use for fires involving paper, plastics, rubber and wood.
Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers (Class F)
Recommended use for fires involving cooking oils and fats.