Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher Sales & Services

We provide cost effective fire extinguisher and fire equipment safety solutions to businesses, organisations and homeowners across Australia.   There are a lot properties that are at a high fire safety risk through inadequate fire extinguishers and other important fire safety equipment. From a single fire extinguisher to a full fit out of fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment, we have a range of the most effective products and packages for almost every situation.Buy fire extinguishers and other fire equipment online today and save.

A Fire Extinguisher could save your life, property and assets by putting out a fire before it takes hold.

We supply and install fire extinguishers as well as provide all fire extinguishers services Australia wide. Contact us today.

TYPES OF FIRE EXTINGUISHERS WE SUPPLY & INSTALL

If the right fire equipment is close at hand a fire can usually be controlled before it takes hold. Aegis Safe offer a wide range of portable fire extinguishers to suit all types and classes of fires.

We deliver fire extinguisher throughout Australia and we also have fire technicians based in Sydney that can help you with your fire safety needs including:

  • fire extinguisher selection
  • fire extinguisher installation
  • fire extinguisher testing
  • fire extinguisher maintenance
  • fire extinguisher services

In Australia, fire extinguishers are required in all buildings other than houses. Fire extinguishers are required to be serviced and inspected by a Fire Protection Service company at 6 monthly intervals. Some jurisdictions require more frequent service for fire extinguishers. The servicer places a tag on the extinguisher to indicate the type of service performed (annual inspection, 6 monthly inspection, recharge, new fire extinguisher) and the time that it took place.

We supply the following types of fire extinguishers at the lowest price:

Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher ABE (Dry powder fire extinguisher)

The Dry Chemical fire extinguisher ABE is distinguished by a white coloured band around the top of the cylinder. They are the most widely used type and are suited for fires in industrial, commercial and domestic situations including buildings, offices, shops, factories, restaurants as well as your house, boat, garage, car or caravan.

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher

The Wet chemical fire extinguisher is red with an oatmeal coloured band. This fire extinguisher uses an aqueous solution that is discharged in a fine spray to the surface of Class F fires such as fats and oils.

Water Fire Extinguisher

The Water fire extinguisher is completely red with no coloured band. They are effective against Class A fires that involve materials like paper, wood, plastics, rubber or textiles.

Foam Fire Extinguisher

The Foam fire extinguishers is red with a blue band. They are effective against fires of Class A and Class B which involve paper, wood, plastics, rubber, petrol, oil, textiles and paints.

Carbon Dioxide CO2 Fire Extinguisher

The CO2  fire extinguisher is red with a black coloured band. They are recommended for use in Class E fires that involve energised electronic equipment.

THE TYPES OF FIRES – FIRE CLASSES

There are many different types of fire extinguishers.  They come in different shapes and sizes and use different substances to put out different types of fires. The different agents used in fire extinguishers exist to combat the different types of fires that commonly occur. There are 6 main types or classes of fires and each has a specific type of fire extinguisher that should be used to extinguish it.

  • Class A Fires: Ordinary Combustibles e.g. wood or paper
  • Class B Fires: Flammable and combustible liquids e.g. grease or gasoline
  • Class C Fires: Flammable gases
  • Class D Fires: Combustible metals
  • Class E Fires: Electrically energised equipment
  • Class F Fires: Cooking oils and fats

There are a number of types of portable fire extinguishers available in Australia. Each type of extinguisher may be rated for one or more classes of fire. It is very important to know what types of fire extinguishers can be used in which situations.  Using the wrong fire extinguisher can be completely ineffective against certain classes of fire and can even be very dangerous if used against the wrong fire class.

As mentioned earlier, portable fire extinguishers come in a range of different sizes and ratings.  The higher the rating the larger the fire it can be used on.  The fire extinguishers that have the higher ratings are usually larger and heavier themselves and can be more difficult to handle and require the user to have more strength.

It is always recommended that the fire extinguisher you buy is approved to the relevant Australian Standards.

The impact that fire can have on people and property can be greatly reduced by having the appropriate Fire Protection Systems, Fire Protection Equipment and a safe initial response to any fire situations. Fire extinguisher should only be used within the capability of the fire extinguisher.  They must be the correct type of fire extinguisher for the particular type of fire and they must be used correctly.

THE PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER

A portable fire extinguisher is an active fire protection device that is used to extinguish or control small fires.  They are most often required and used in emergency situations. Fire extinguishers are not intended to be used large fires or fires that are out-of-control. They are to be used to prevent fires and to control fires as they are just starting or small.  A fire extinguisher should not be used if the user will be endangered in any way. If the fire cannot be controlled by the fire extinguisher the fire brigade should be called as soon as possible.

A portable fire extinguisher generally consists of a hand-held cylindrical pressure vessel that contains an agent which can be discharged to control or extinguish a fire.

The main type of fire extinguisher is the stored pressure fire extinguisher. In this fire extinguisher the expellant is stored in the same chamber as the firefighting agent itself.  With dry chemical extinguishers, nitrogen is typically used; water and foam extinguishers typically use air. While there are other types of fire extinguisher the stored pressure fire extinguisher is the most common type.

Fire extinguishers are further divided into handheld and cart-mounted, also called wheeled extinguishers. Handheld extinguishers weigh from 0.5 to 14 kilograms, and are easily portable by hand. Cart-mounted units typically weigh over 23 kilograms. These wheeled models are most commonly found at construction sites, large factories, workshops, refineries, airports as well as docks and marinas.

DRY CHEMICAL FIRE EXTINGUISHER ABE – DRY POWDER FIRE EXTINGUISHER ABE

The dry chemical fire extinguisher works by discharging a fine powder that absorbs fuel molecules that deprive the fire of a fuel source.

Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers ABE are available in a range of sizes for commercial, industrial and domestic environments including:

  • 1kg dry chemical fire extinguisher
  • 1.5kg dry chemical fire extinguisher
  • 2kg dry chemical fire extinguisher
  • 2.5kg dry chemical fire extinguisher
  • 4.5kg dry chemical fire extinguisher
  • 9kg dry chemical fire extinguisher

The dry chemical fire extinguisher ABE range also offers:

  • 4.5 kg dry chemical fire extinguisher High Performance
  • 9kg dry chemical fire extinguisher High Performance

The Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher ABE is suitable for the following types of fire:

  • Class A – Paper, textiles, wood, most plastics & rubber
  • Class B – Flammable liquids
  • Class C – Combustible gases
  • Class E – Electrically energised equipment

CO2 FIRE EXTINGUISHER

The CO2  Fire Extinguisher is distinguished by a black coloured band around the top of the cylinder. CO2 is a non-conductive and non-corrosive gas that works by reducing the amount of oxygen available to the fire. CO2 is extracted from the atmosphere and stored at high pressure in the liquid state within a fire extinguisher.

CO2 is ideal for fires involving electrical equipment and will also extinguish class B liquid fires, but does not keep the fire cool so the fire could re-ignite.

We offer a range of CO2 fire extinguishers:

  • 2kg CO2 fire extingiusher
  • 3.5kg CO2 fire extinguisher
  • 5kg CO2 fire extingiusher
  • 45kg CO2 fire extinguisher

The CO2 Fire Extinguisher is suitable for the following types of fires:

  • Class B – Flammable liquids
  • Class E – Electrically energised equipment

WET CHEMICAL FIRE EXTINGUISHER

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers, marked by an oatmeal coloured band, are effective against fires involving cooking oils and fats.

They employ an agent that reacts with burning cooking oil or fat to form a suds-like blanket across the fuel surface, cutting off the fire’s air supply and preventing the release of flammable vapours.

Specialist extinguisher for class F fires.

Aegis Safe can offer you our Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers in two sizes. The 7 litre is ideal for large cooking and food processing applications, and the 3.5 litre is ideal for restaurant kitchens.

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers are suitable for the following types of fires:

Class A – Paper, textiles, wood, most plastics and rubber

Class F – Cooking oils or fats

WATER FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

Water Fire Extinguishers are completely red with no coloured band

Water Fire Extinguishers discharge a stream of water onto the fire, lowering the temperature of the burning material to below ignition point. The cheapest and most widely used fire extinguishers. Used for Class A fires. Not suitable for Class B (Liquid) fires, or where electricity is involved.

Water options are available in a 9.1 litre size.

Water Fire Extinguishers are suitable for the following types of fires:

Class A – Paper, textiles, wood, most plastics & rubber

FOAM FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

Foam fire extinguishers are marked with a blue band.

Foam fire extinguishers work by covering a burning flammable liquid with a blanket of foam, cutting off the fire’s air supply and preventing the release of flammable vapours.

More expensive than water, but more versatile. Used for Classes A & B fires. Foam spray extinguishers are not recommended for fires involving electricity, but are safer than water if inadvertently sprayed onto live electrical apparatus.

Foam options are available in a 9.1 litre size.

Foam Fire Extinguishers are suitable for the following types of fires:

Class A – Paper, textiles, wood, most plastics & rubber

Class B – Flammable liquids

FIRE EXTINGUISHER QUALITY

Product Quality

Quells range of quality fire extinguishers are lightweight, easy to use and are certified to Australian Standard AS 1841 and feature:

• Steel handle and trigger

• Durable polyester powder coated finish

• Steel safety pin with nylon lock to prevent accidental discharge

• Forged brass head

• Shock absorbing base

TYPES OF FIRES

Fires are classified as type “A” or “B” or “E” fires in our environment. Class A fires are burning solids like wood, paper etc. Class B fires are burning liquids like Petrol and Class E fires are Electrical fires. There are other fire types (“C” – Gas fires, “D” – metal fires, “F” – cooking fats). Extinguishers are marked with the classes of fire they can be used on. They also give an indication of how big a fire they can deal with, eg: 4A(E) says the extinguisher can deal with a small class “A” fire and is also suitable for electrical fires. The bigger the number the bigger the fire. You should know the ratings of all your extinguishers – in particular, you should know which ones have the “E” rating, since this is the most likely kind of fire in our building! For (hopefully) obvious reasons, water based extinguishers can not be used on electrical fires, or near powered equipment. Be sensible and cautious – even if you believe the burning computer is now unplugged – treat it as live.

Class A:

SOLIDS such as paper, wood, plastic etc

Class B:

FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS such as paraffin, petrol, oil etc

Class C:

FLAMMABLE GASES such as propane, butane, methane etc

Class D:

METALS such as aluminium, magnesium, titanium etc

Class E:

Fires involving ELECTRICAL APPARATUS

Class F:

Cooking OIL & FAT etc

Fire safety is all about vigilance and preparation so our company provides different fire extinguisher s to put out all 6 different classes of fires as outlined by the FPAA.  Here is a list of some of our offerings the fires they put our most effectively.

  • Air-Water Fire Extinguishers – puts out most class A fires by discharging to water to dampen the burning fuel

  • CO2 extinguisher puts out class B fires by displacing oxygen in the air preventing a fire from burning. This type is especially good for  electronic fires

  • Foam extinguishers are effective on different classes of fire due to the versatile properties of foams. It can dampen the fuel source or smother making it a must around kitchens and other areas dealing with flammable liquids

  • Dry powder extinguishers are even more versatile due to the unique powder agent this type can take care of most Class A-F fires.

Effective types of Fire Extinguishers for Electrical Fires

Electrical fires have the added hazard of the potential for electrocution while extinguishing it. For this reason our company offers a line of extinguisher models made specifically to fight electrical fires. Here are two of our main models

  • Air Water Fire Extinguishers: This type uses de-ionized water which reduces risk of electrocution

  • Foam Fire Extinguishers: Foam extinguishers are multipurpose and due to its insulating properties are perfect for dealing with an electrical fire.

Some fires are so dangerous  and volatile they need  special extinguishers to put them out. This is especially true of fires started by combusting chemicals that may be toxic in nature or will only become more volatile if more common purpose extinguishers are used.

Extinguishers need to be pressure tested every six years. This can be done by a registered fire extinguisher service organisation.

If an extinguisher is discharged, even partially, it needs to be refilled by a registered fire extinguisher service organisation

HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER

In general, extinguishers are simple to use. You’ll have to remove a locking mechanism of some kind (usually a pin) , aim at the base of the fire, and activate (usually by squeezing s lever/handle). When you are finished with the extinguisher, do not place it back in it’s holder – lie it down – this is recognized as a sign the extinguisher is “dead”. The Chief Warden must be notified of any use of an extinguisher (so it can get refilled). Even if you use one and the gauge still shows “green”, the extinguisher is dead, is to be laid down and needs re-charging.

Note that one extinguisher does not put out much fire. If the fire is large, you will place yourself in great danger in attempting to deal with it – extinguishers are suitable for small fires only. It is probably a good plan to carry two extinguishers to the fire – one as a backup. Even better is to have a “buddy” with an extinguisher behind you. Extinguishers sometimes don’t work!

Note that extinguishers operate only at short distances. This means you need to get close to the fire. This should ring warning bells! If you are going to try to deal with a fire personally, make sure someone else has gone to raise the alarm – you may need rescuing in the very near future. When in doubt GET OUT (but close the door when leaving, to help contain the fire).

To actually use an extinguisher – remember “PASS”:

P – Pull the pin (and give it a “squirt” to make sure it’s going to actually work)

A – Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire

S – Squeeze the handle

S – Sweep back and forth, extinguishing as you go

Safe Operating of Fire Extinguishers

Fact

Poor maintenance and incorrect usage of fire extinguishers in the home are two key reasons small house fires can spread endangering lives and causing considerable damage to property. House fires can be brought under control within the first few minutes of ignition if attended to correctly with an extinguisher that is well maintained, which can buy valuable time before the Fire Brigade arrives.

Portable fire extinguishers

There are a number of different types of portable fire extinguishers, each can be identified by the colour coding and labelling.

How to operate a fire extinguisher

There are four (4) basic steps for using modern portable fire extinguishers.

The acronym PASS is used to describe these four basic steps.

  1. Pull Pin:

  2. Pull pin at the top of the extinguisher, breaking the seal. When in place, the pin keeps the handle from being pressed and accidentally operating the extinguisher. Immediately test the extinguisher. (Aiming away from the operator) This is to ensure the extinguisher works and also shows the operator how far the stream travels

  3. Aim:

  4. Approach the fire standing at a safe distance. Aim the nozzle or outlet towards the base of the fire.

  5. Squeeze:

  6. Squeeze the handles together to discharge the extinguishing agent inside.  To stop discharge, release the handles.

  7. Sweep:

  8. Sweep the nozzle from side to side as you approach the fire, directing the extinguishing agent at the base of the flames.  After an A Class fire is extinguished, probe for smouldering hot spots that could reignite the fuel.

Note:

  • Always test the extinguisher before proceeding to the fire.

  • Remember that you only have seconds to extinguish the fire, not minutes, but only do so if it is safe and you are trained to.

  • The rule of thumb is if you can not put a fire out with one extinguisher then the fire is too big to fight

Tips

The Australian Standard 2444 (AS 2444) Portable Fire Extinguishers and Fire Blankets selection and location will provide comprehensive information.

Ensure everyone in the home/office knows the location of all extinguishers and how to use them.

Fire Extinguisher Tips

  • Ensure everyone in the home/office knows the location of all extinguishers and how to use them.

  • Extinguishers need to be pressure tested every six years by a registered fire extinguisher service organisation.

  • Check that there are no blockages to the nozzle or outlet.

  • If you have a Dry Chemical Powder fire extinguisher (red with a white band or label). Turn the extinguisher upside down for 10 minutes every six months to ensure that the powder is free flowing.

  • Replace the extinguisher in case of rust.

  • If an extinguisher is discharged, even partially, it needs to be refilled by a registered fire extinguisher service organisation.

Operational safe working practices (If safe to do so)

  • Remove the safety pin by pulling it sharply (this also breaks the plastic seal). Test to ensure that the extinguisher is operable immediately after removing from mounting bracket.

  • Always try to work in pairs for safety.

  • Carry or drag extinguisher to the scene of the fire.

  • Hold the hose near the nozzle or hold any moulded handles.

  • Squeeze the handles together to completely discharge the contents onto the seat of the fire.

  • Operate extinguishers at their maximum effective distance.

  • Never stand in an open doorway when attempting to extinguish a fire. This is usually the ventilation point for smoke, heat and steam, and could cause injury to the operator.

  • Always back away from a fire

  • Always lay the extinguisher down on its side when empty.

  • Do not touch the metal components of the Carbon Dioxide extinguisher, due to the build up of “dry ice” as frostbite may occur.

  • Avoid pointing Carbon Dioxide extinguisher applicators at people.  If the extinguisher is accidentally operated, frostbite to the face and eyes may occur.

  • After Carbon Dioxide extinguishers have been operated into a confined space, the level of oxygen will be reduced and suffocation may occur if the operator remains or the area is entered prematurely.

  • AFFF (Foam) extinguishers must not be used on deep seated cooking oil/fat fires, due to the water’s conversion to steam, with a possible violent ejection of burning fuel from the container.

  • Do not discharge water onto suspect electrical type fires. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity and you may be electrocuted.

  • Do not discharge water onto flammable liquid fires, as flammable liquid floats on water and this may cause the fire to spread.

  • When a wet chemical extinguisher has been discharged in a kitchen, all people should leave the area due to the wet chemical vapours causing Broncho Constriction”.

N.B. Ensure that an authorised fire servicing company provides ongoing inspections and maintenance on all fire fighting equipment.

After use requirements

  • Lay the extinguisher down out of the way after use.

  • Do not place empty extinguisher/s back on the hook.

  • Replace with the same type of extinguisher (should a spare be available).

  • Arrange empty extinguisher/s to be serviced / refilled as soon as possible.

  • Report the use of the fire extinguisher to the Fire safety Officer or Supervisor.

Our range of fire protection equipment is of the highest quality.