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Know Your Fire Extinguisher

Find out the types of Fire Extinguishers and their purposes.

There are 5 main fire extinguisher types in Australia – Water, Foam, Dry Powder, CO2 and Wet Chemical. Within the 5 main types of fire extinguisher, there are 2 versions of Dry Powder extinguishers, Dry Powder - standard and Dry Powder - High performance. Australia's regulations require all business premises to fire safety equipment in place. It's important to have the right types of fire extinguisher for your house or business premises.

Australia Fire Classes

There are 6 classes of fire: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, ‘Electrical’, and Class F. The chart below is a quick reference showing which types of extinguisher should be used on each class.

  • Class A: Wood, Paper & Plastic.
  • Class B: Flammable & Combustible Liquids.
  • Class C: Flammable Gasses.
  • Class E: Energised Electrical Equipment.
  • Class F: Cooking Oils and Fats.

Australian Fire Classes Chart

Limited Indicates that the fire extinguisher is not the first choice for that type of fire, it will have limiting fire extinguishing capability.Green YES indicates the most suitable extinguisher for that class of fire.Class D fires (involving combustible metals) Use only special purpose extinguishers and seek expert advise.

ALL FIRE EXTINGUISHERS MUST BE CHARGED AFTER USE

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Foam Fire Extinguisher

For Fire Class A & B

Foam fire extinguisher contains a concentrate mixed with water and is best suited for the use against fires that involve flammable and combustible liquids such as paper, textiles, wood, petrol, oil and paints, plastics and rubber.

Available Foam Fire Extinguisher:

Note: Dangerous if used on energized electrical equipment.

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Water Fire Extinguisher

For Fire Class A

Water extinguishers are for Class A fires only - they should not be used on Class B or C fires.

Available Water Fire Extinguisher:

Note: Dangerous if used on flammable liquid, energized electrical equipment and cooking oils and fats.

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Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher

For Fire Class A & F

Wet chemical extinguishers were developed for modern, high efficiency deep fryers in commercial cooking operations. Some may also be used on Class A fires in commercial kitchens.

Available Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher:

Note: Dangerous if used on energized electrical equipment.

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CO2 Fire Extinguisher

For Fire Class E

Carbon Dioxide fire extinguishers extinguish fire by taking away the oxygen element of the fire triangle and also be removing the heat with a very cold discharge.

Available CO2 Fire Extinguisher:

Note: Not suitable for outdoor use.

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Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher ABE

For Fire Class A, B, C & E

Dry Powder Fire Extinguishers ABE commonly used for fires occurring in the house, boat, garage, car or caravan. This type of extinguisher is not effective on fires involving cooking oils and fats.

Available Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher ABE:

Note: Look carefully to determine if it is a BE or ABE unit as their capabilities are different.

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Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher BE

For Fire Class B, C, E & F

Similar to Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher ABE, the only different is that Dry Powder BE is not effective on Class A fires.

Note: Look carefully to determine if it is a BE or ABE unit as their capabilities are different.