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Fire Extinguishers

Take control

A fire extinguisher can assist you in gaining control and preventing minor fires from becoming significant hazards. This active fire prevention system extinguishes or reduces a small fire by using a compressed agent such as water, carbon dioxide or a dry powdered chemical.

Portable or wheeled assets are developed primarily for tiny or newly started fires or first-response attacks. Once a fire has spread, a fire extinguisher is ineffective in putting it out and should be left to the fire fighting authority and 000 should be called. Fire extinguishers are an essential line of defence against fire when they are readily accessible and regularly inspected and maintained. When a fire occurs, having an operating and applicable fire extinguisher on hand helps prevent the situation from becoming a deadly emergency.

There are six classes of fire: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, ‘Electrical’, and Class F.

  • Class A fires – combustible materials: caused by flammable solids, such as wood, paper, and fabric

  • Class B fires – flammable liquids: such as petrol, turpentine or paint

  • Class C fires – flammable gases: like hydrogen, butane or methane

  • Class D fires – combustible metals: chemicals such as magnesium, aluminium or potassium

  • Electrical fires – electrical equipment: once the electrical item is removed, the fire changes class

  • Class F fires – cooking oils: typically a chip-pan fire

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A fire extinguisher can assist you in gaining control and preventing minor fires from becoming significant hazards. This active fire prevention system extinguishes or reduces a small fire by using a compressed agent such as water, carbon dioxide or a dry powdered chemical.

Portable or wheeled assets are developed primarily for tiny or newly started fires or a first response attacks. Once a fire has spread, a fire extinguisher is ineffective in putting it out and should be left to the fire fighting authority and 000 should be called. Fire extinguishers are an essential line of defence against fire when they are readily accessible and regularly inspected and maintained. When a fire occurs, having an operating and applicable fire extinguisher on hand helps prevent the situation from becoming a deadly emergency.

There are six classes of fire: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, ‘Electrical’, and Class F.

  • Class A fires – combustible materials: caused by flammable solids, such as wood, paper, and fabric

  • Class B fires – flammable liquids: such as petrol, turpentine or paint

  • Class C fires – flammable gases: like hydrogen, butane or methane

  • Class D fires – combustible metals: chemicals such as magnesium, aluminium or potassium

  • Electrical fires – electrical equipment: once the electrical item is removed, the fire changes class

  • Class F fires – cooking oils: typically a chip-pan fire

Required maintenance and testing regime

Six Monthly inspections and maintenance are required for fire extinguishers. Additional testing and inspections are necessary depending on the kind of fire extinguisher and the environment. A more harsh environment requires a higher grade asset and possibly more maintenance to ensure adequate upkeep.

Additionally , a 5-year hydrostatic pressure test is required for all extinguishers.

Typical Deficiencies

A flaw is discovered during routine inspections when the devices and components fail to satisfy the approved criteria laid out by AS1851:2012.

Here are a handful of the most prevalent fire sprinkler defects we find:

  • Incorrect type and/or number of assets

  • There is insufficient dispersion across the facility.

  • Assets that are obstructed or inaccessible

  • Fire extinguishers that have expired

  • Failure to keep fire extinguishers in good working order

  • Inadequate inspection records

  • Inadequate staff training

  • No identification or location signage

Enquire today how Auscoast Fire Services can provide a turn-key solution to your all your first response and fire extinguisher requirements.

Make sure your devices are performing at their best.

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