Fire Protection Services and Fire Extinguisher Testing Brisbane

Brisbane Fire Services and Fire Extinguishers

Aegis Safe are the right choice when it comes to protecting your family, staff, customers and property from fire. We specialise in specialise in supplying, installing and servicing a wide range of fire equipment to make sure your property is safe and compliant.

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Fire Protection Services and Fire Extinguisher Testing Brisbane

Aegis Safe is a Brisbane fire service company, servicing all fire equipment and providing fire extinguisher services.

We offer competitive fire extinguisher testing, sales and installation to help keep your business and property safe. We are based in Brisbane and conduct fire services throughout South East Queensland.

We're fully equipped with all necessary insurances and licenses from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

We've served Queensland businesses and homes for many years, protecting them from the devastation of fire.

Many organisations choose us because of our prompt and expert fire services, as well as our professional and friendly approach.

Aegis Safe fire protection services has been a provider of fire services in Brisbane for more than 10 years.

Aegis Safe fire protection services covers fire safety for building and construction, as well as residential, commercial and industrial applications.

  • We excel in all fields of fire protection - from installation up to routine maintenance.
  • Our devotion to our customers drives us to provide you with high quality fire products combined with installation and fire extinguisher testing services.
  • Your satisfaction is our utmost concern and we aim to achieve this by offering excellent technical and after sales services.
  • We provide competitive and honest fire service pricing.

Give us a call and let’s discuss how we can provide you with the best fire protection services, fire extinguisher services and fire safety products in Brisbane.

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Brisbane fire extinguisher testing service prices

Brisbane fire extinguisher testing services only $100 per service.

Contact us today to book in your service.

This includes:

  • Call out to regular service areas in Brisbane.
  • Testing report issued.
  • Single property service.
  • Up to 6 fire extinguishers, fire hose reels and fire blankets.
  • Additional extinguishers $10 each.
  • Testing to AS1851-2012.
  • Fire extinguisher compliance check.
  • Service reminders.

Brisbane fire extinguishers must be tested every 6 months.

Easy booking system.

Phone and email support.

Fire extinguisher services Brisbane

Fire Services Brisbane

  • Installation, testing, maintenance, certification
  • Fire extinguisher testing
  • fire blanket testing
  • Fire hydrants and fire hose reel testing
  • Fire alarm panels, heat and smoke alarms
  • fire door testing
  • Emergency and exit light testing
  • Fire training
  • Evacuation plans and evacuation diagrams
  • Block plans
  • more...

Brisbane Service Locations

We provide fire services to all of Brisbane. We have a number of service locations within Brisbane.
Some of our key fire service areas in Brisbane are:

  • Brisbane
  • Ipswich
  • Logan

How often do your fire extinguisher need to be tested?

  • All fire extinguishers have to be tested at six monthly intervals.
  • They need to be pressure tested and refilled every 5 years.
  • The tests are to be recorded on the label or metal tag attached to the unit.

Fire extinguisher testing Brisbane

One of the most effective items of fire safety equipment for controlling the initial outbreak of fire in the workplace is a fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers are super important when it comes to fire incident scenarios. They are very handy for containing and putting out small fires and can be easily operated by workers. Due to this importance of fire extinguishers, it’s crucial to ensure they can perform their job when required. This means that they have been tested and they are functioning properly.

To ensure this important fire safety equipment remains fault free, it’s crucial to undergo fire extinguisher testing. We are the best provider of fire extinguisher testing Brisbane.

Fire extinguisher testing requirements

  • 6 monthly fire extinguisher testing
  • 12 monthly fire extinguisher testing that consists of the above procedures plus other specified functional services required by Australian Standards.
  • 5 yearly fire extinguisher testing that consists of the 2 above procedures as well as other specified services including pressure testing and refilling the extinguisher.

You are required to test fire extinguishers every 6 months as specified in the AS1851-2012. Ensure that it is tested by an suitably licenced Brisbane fire protection company.

Aegis Safe

39 David Street Alderley QLD 4051

Phone: (07) 3123 4891

Appointments and visits by booking only.

Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 3pm

Service Areas: Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich.

Services: Fire extinguisher testing, fire protection services, fire services

Email: [email protected]

How often does a fire extinguisher needs to be checked?

Fire extinguishers need to be checked when they are first installed installed and every 6 months after that. You should check extinguishers more frequently if they are installed in a location where they are more prone to rusting, impacts or tampering.

How do you inspect a fire extinguisher?

  • Testing must be completed every 6 months.
  • The testing standard AS1851-2012 requires servicing by a qualified person.
  • Quick inspections should be carried out periodically to make sure everything is in proper order.
  • You should make sure that all fire safety devices and your fire extinguishers are in proper working condition. This can be ensured by having a reputable fire company service your equipment a carry out fire extinguisher testing.
  • Most varieties of dry chemical extinguishers contain a number of chemicals inside the canister. These extinguishers require an occasional shaking because otherwise some heavier chemicals tend to settle down, thereby destroying the homogeneous mixture and this can greatly reduce efficiency. You need to see if yours requires such regular shaking, typically once a month.
  • Always ensure easy access to your fire extinguishers by all occupants. This is very important because if it isn’t accessible in the time of emergency, then there is no use having it in the first place.
  • Inspect for leaks, dents, rust and wear and tear. Ensure that seals and pins are unbroken.

How often do fire extinguishers need to be inspected Qld?

Fire extinguishers in QLD need to be inspected every 6 months as required by Australian Standard AS1851 - 2012.

How many years is a fire extinguisher good for?

  • All fire extinguishers have to be inspected by a qualified person at six monthly intervals.
  • Fire extinguishers need to be pressure tested and refilled every 5 years.
  • During the 6 monthly testing and the 5 yearly pressure test it will be determined if the fire extinguisher is in suitable working condition. Some fire extinguishers in a good environment may last up to 20 years.

How do I know if my fire extinguisher is expired?

A fire extinguisher must be pressure tested every 5 years. This means that the manufacturing date stamp or the previous pressure testing stamp must be within 5 years from the current date. If it is more than 5 years then the extinguisher is expired.

Who can test fire extinguishers in QLD?

Aegis Safe is a fire protection company in Brisbane, servicing all fire equipment and providing fire extinguisher services. We offer testing, sales and installation of extinguishers to help keep your business and property safe.

We are a Brisbane-based licensed fire protection company. We're fully equipped with all the necessary fire extinguisher testing licenses from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and we're leaders in the industry.

We've served Queensland businesses and homes for many years, protecting them from the devastation of fire. Many organisations choose us because of our prompt and expert services, as well as our professional and friendly approach.

If you're looking for reliable fire protection services in Brisbane, Aegis Safe has the solution. Our fire safety systems and solutions will ensure that your workplace is compliant with all safety regulations.

It's because of our high-quality, cut-no-corners philosophy that we're the perfect choice for fire protection. We're Queensland metropolitan-based and privately owned Australian business. We've been providing quality fire protection since we were established in 2009.

We want you to know that we're proud to offer a personal, honest and reliable alternative to the big multinational companies. How? By giving you the highest quality of service for all aspects of fire protection.

When you're dealing with something as unpredictable as a fire, you need to know that your fire fighting equipment will work reliably. That's why it's so important to have a reliable fire extinguishers on hand.

You can trust that we will only offer you the highest quality products. We have a close working relationship with our suppliers to make sure of this.

As fire protection specialists, we'll work with you to design, install and commission the right fire protection system for the needs of your people and property.

With our electronic management system you'll not only be fully compliant but have the vital paper trail to satisfy your insurance company and the Queensland Fire Service.

​With minimal disruptions to your operations, our fire technicians ensure all fire extinguishers are installed and tested according to fire extinguisher testing operations at a reasonable price.

Aegis Safe guarantees to provide you with high quality equipment combined with professional services.

Brisbane Fire Protection

Protecting your home or your business is of utmost importance. All safety measures are in place and a plan has been made for all possible concerns or problems that could arise. Fire protection services Brisbane for businesses and homeowners that you can count on should be part of your smart safety plan. Many businesses or homeowners may not know where to start when creating a Brisbane fire protection plan, but fire extinguisher maintenance and testing should be first on the list. To ensure the people and businesses in your life are protected, engage Aegis Safe fire protection services Brisbane and trust us to safeguard your assets. We will ensure compliance of your first line of defense so you are protected if a dangerous situation breaks out threatening the safety and well-being of you, your family or your employees.

Fire Extinguisher Services

Serving Your Business

According to the Australian Standard AS2444 for fire extinguishers, having the correct fire prevention equipment stored in the correct location is the minimum safety standard for businesses. We can help your business not only make sure that you are up to code with our fire extinguisher services but also help you maintain the highest level of safety for your business and all the people who make up your company. We provide a fire extinguisher check to ensure that your equipment your business is prepared with the correct commercial-grade extinguishers should a dangerous situation arise. In addition, we are also a full-service fire extinguisher maintenance company that will service and safety check all equipment and upgrade or safely replace it for your business when the time comes.

Fire Extinguisher Testing

When dealing with a fire hazard of any kind, a working fire extinguisher is crucial to provide that first line of protection. But all types of fire extinguishers may lose their effectiveness after a few years. Even equipment that has never been used or has remained untouched may not comply with current regulations for safe and effective use or may not work at all after a period of time. Reaching for a fire extinguisher in an emergency situation and finding it doesn’t work well or at all is the worst possible way to realize you needed regular fire extinguisher testing and assessment services. Instead, using a company that specializes in fire extinguisher testing will ensure that you have adequate equipment that is in good working order to provide protection for your family or business against potential future risks. Not knowing how to check each type of fire extinguisher for its working state is a common problem at businesses and homes. Many also do not know best practices for the location of each type of extinguisher, hoping that a good guess on where to locate the equipment will be sufficient. But a trained specialist will know exactly how to work each of the six different types of extinguishers, how they all work and where they should be located and stored for the highest amount of safety protection for. Testing a fire extinguisher may include:

  • Checking for good working order.
  • Assessing if the equipment is stored in the correct location.
  • Evaluating if the correct type of fire extinguisher is in use.
  • Reporting if different or additional types or locations of fire extinguishers are needed.
  • Replacing outdated or non-working equipment.
  • Providing documentation for all servicing, testing and replacement of equipment.

Fire extinguisher sales & installation

Aegis Safe’s fire extinguisher services division specialises in a wide variety of fires extinguishers, fire extinguisher signage and other fire extinguisher related products. Aegis Safe can supply and install any types of fire extinguisher that are available within Australia. We sell and service fire extinguishers Australia Wide. Some of our available range of portable fire extinguisher types are listed below.

All portable fire extinguishers installed by us will be installed in the correct locations as specified by Australian Standards and Building Codes. We also include the supply and installation of the required extinguisher type and location signage and appropriately stamp the extinguisher’s maintenance tag. If you require the extinguisher to be enclosed in a fire extinguisher cabinet we can also supply and install a range of these to suit your particular application. If you happen to require any specialised fire extinguisher services or any other products that aren’t listed on our website, please contact our us for further assistance or information.

Portable fire extinguisher services

Portable fire extinguishers are an essential part of your primary fire fighting equipment and are required to be installed throughout all buildings. The specific extinguisher types, numbers and sizes of fire extinguishers required to protect your building will be determined by analysing the specific risk categories, the size, the layout and the other fire protection measures present in the building.

Fire extinguisher services, sales and installation for business and property. We provide fire extinguisher services all types of fire extinguishers for any situation and specifications. We can help you with fire extinguisher services for a wide variety of buildings including commercial buildings, residential buildings and industrial. You can now easily buy fire extinguishers from us and we will install them and provide you with the required fire extinguisher services for any type of building.

Types of fire extinguishers we service

We supply and install all fire extinguishers available within Australia. The most common types we install in commercial properties are:

Dry chemical powder fire extinguishers ABE

Dry Chemical fire extinguishers ABE (dry chemical powder ABE fire extinguishers) have a white band around the top of the fire extinguisher. Dry chemical fire extinguishers are the most widely used type of fire extinguisher and are suitable for use in the majority of commercial and industrial properties. The most common sizes are:

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

Carbon dioxide CO2 fire extinguishers

Carbon Dioxide CO2 fire extinguishers are red with a black coloured band around the top of the fire extinguisher. They are the recommended fire extinguisher for Class E fires that involve energised electrical equipment.

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

Water fire extinguishers

  • 9 litre water fire extinguisher

Foam fire extinguishers

  • 9 litre foam fire extinguisher

Wet chemical fire extinguishers

  • 2 litre wet chemical fire extinguisher
  • 2.5 litre wet chemical fire extinguisher
  • 7 litre wet chemical fire extinguisher

We sell and install all types of portable fire extinguishers as well as other fire extinguisher services, fire safety equipment and fire safety systems including smoke detectors, fire alarms, fire pumps, fire panels, occupant warning, special hazards, gas systems, mobile fire extinguishers, fire hose reels and fire doors.

You can purchase your fire extinguishers and other types of fire extinguisher equipment from us and we will provide fire extinguisher services,  installation and certification for:

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire extinguisher brackets
  • Fire extinguisher signs
  • Fire extinguisher cabinets

Fire extinguisher testing services

We provide the required types of fire extinguisher services:

  • 6 monthly fire extinguisher service schedule that consists of specific fire extinguisher checks listed below.
  • 12 monthly fire extinguisher service schedule that consists of the above procedures plus other specified functional checks (including recharge of some fire extinguisher units).
  • 5 yearly fire extinguisher service schedule that consists of the 2 above procedures as well as other specified functional checks including pressure tests.

Contact us for fire extinguisher services throughout Australia.

The Aegis Safe 10-step fire extinguisher services program includes:

  • Visual inspection of all fire extinguishers on site
  • Fire extinguisher services, testing and fire extinguisher maintenance dates
  • Weighing the fire extinguishers
  • Visual inspection of the fire extinguisher pressure gauges
  • Inspection of tamper seals and safety pull pins
  • Removal of discharge hoses and check for continuity
  • Inspection of the valve assemblies
  • Cleaning and re-hanging all fire extinguishers
  • Review of fire extinguisher placement, sizes and types
  • New certification tags to keep you in compliance

Take the fight to the fire with Aegis Safe fire extinguisher services.

The fire extinguisher services and fire protection equipment that we carry out tests on are: fire extinguishers, fire hose reels, smoke alarms, fire doors, fire hydrant, fire blankets and more.  The after-use maintenance schedule consists of fire extinguisher recharging plus other specified functional checks.

Fire Services

It's important to keep your home and business safe from potential fire dangers. We understand that knowing which types of fire safety equipment, how many extinguishers are necessary and where to store them safely to protect your home or business can be confusing. So reaching out to a company that can provide fire service that Brisbane residents can trust is necessary to protect your family and your business. If you are searching for a fire service near me, contact us today if you are in the Brisbane area so we can talk to you about our fire safety options for your home or business. Our business is keeping you safe, one fire extinguisher at a time.

What We Do

Our experts will make a full assessment of your business, home or property to make sure you are fully prepared for a fire emergency situation.

We will evaluate your property, let you know which types of fire extinguishers are necessary for your specific situation, and install them correctly.

We can teach you how to use them if a fire danger situation should arise and will be on call ready to answer any questions you have a question about your equipment.

We will set up a fire safety management plan to make sure that your equipment is always tested and ready for use.

We also will run a fire extinguisher check to make sure they are currently up to date so that you can be assured that your equipment will work correctly when you need it to provide a potential life- or property-saving service.

Fire extinguisher services Brisbane

We are the leading provider of fire extinguisher services in Brisbane. You can be assured of our expertise in providing outstanding fire extinguisher services.

Fire extinguisher testing in Brisbane is an important step to ensure that your fire safety equipment is ready to go should the need arise. This ensures that you're not caught off-guard and minimise the chances of fire damage.

All of our team are constantly aware of any regulatory or legislative changes that may affect our testing services. We design our services around the guidelines that apply to your state to make sure you have a level of testing that is second to none and achieves full compliance.

Fire extinguishers are a necessary device to have for your workplace. Brisbane locals may be surprised to learn that testing a fire extinguisher is more comprehensive than they previously thought.

Our trained technicians will go through a series of checks, making sure that the equipment is up to standards. They'll place a stamp on the tag at each device they test, effectively confirming that it has been fully inspected and meets the standards expected.

Our team determines the location of all fire extinguishers and whether they are readily accessible. We examine the exterior of the extinguisher, any anti-tamper devices in place, and if any external damage or corrosion identifiable. Finally, we assess signage to make sure they are correct and visible.

It's important for any business that our technicians check that the outlet hose assembly, pressure indicator, discharge nozzle, and weight and support bracket all work properly.

There are far too many ways that your business could fall down on its fire safety compliance, so we recommend securing the services of our team.

Fire extinguisher testing Brisbane comprises of the checks that are required to ensure your equipment is ready in case of an emergency.

Let us help you make the right choices for your fire protection needs

Different types of businesses and buildings including residential, commercial, industrial and special use complexes require different types of fire protection systems. Aegis Safe Brisbane will help you understand fire safety regulations since we are among the top fire protection companies in Australia.

  • We aspire to make your transaction with us hassle free and provide you with the lowest possible cost at the same time meeting Australia’s compliance requirements.
  • Our team of qualified fire technicians offer unparalleled level of fire protection services in Brisbane.
  • Regardless of the kind of building that needs fire protection, we have the necessary equipment you need and we also provide fire extinguisher testing in Brisbane.

 

Benefits of our Fire Protection Services Brisbane

  • Well maintained fire systems increase the chances of saving lives and properties.
  • Your fire detection system should always be ready to perform its function when the need arises since fire emergencies can happen any time.
  • Our technician’s role is to ensure that you have the proper functioning fire equipment and fire protections systems that are efficient and reliable.

 

Fire protection equipment services Brisbane

We make sure that the equipment we provide meet Australia’s compliance requirement. Testing services are also offered for your peace of mind. Having the necessary equipment is just the beginning of ensuring your safety against fire emergencies but making sure that the fire equipment is ready to function is just as important.

You can be confident that our wide range of fire protection systems both for small and large organisations are safe and compliant. We do regular comprehensive servicing and maintenance services. The Australian Standards for fire safety are a bit complex that’s why we’re here to help you understand them.

 

Our Aegis Safe Brisbane fire team aims for

  • Clear and fair pricing
  • Friendly yet professional service
  • Comprehensive discussion of your responsibilities
  • Good advice

 

Our commitment to fire safety Brisbane

Fire accidents have taken so many lives and destroyed countless properties.

The Aegis Safe team is determined to prevent the numbers of lives taken and properties destroyed to rise any further by providing the best fire protection services available.

We make sure that we provide you with high quality fire safety products that meet Australian standards.

Our 10 years of experience in the fire safety industry assures you that you get the best fire protection services and high-quality safety products.

As an industry leader, we work hard to provide you the safety and peace of mind that you deserve. Every member of our team has extensive understanding of the Australian standards of fire protection services.

Our wealth of experience and knowledge about fire protection services guarantee the quality of every fire protection product we provide.

Your safety is important to us. Call us for our assistance today!

 

Protecting Your Family and Staff

Your family is our top priority. As one of the premier fire extinguisher service companies in Brisbane, we can make sure that your home has the correct fire extinguishers for your needs. Our fire extinguisher check can determine if your family has the correct equipment for your home and if it is placed in the correct location. Our fire extinguisher service will also assess if your equipment needs replacing or upgrading so you don’t have to worry that your family or home does not have the vital first line of defence in a dangerous situation.

 

Our range of fire protection services

When you need the fire protection services in your workplace, we’ve got you covered. We provide a range of options from regular maintenance to training in fire protection equipment.

Fire extinguishers, fire blankets and fire doors

Our fire protection technicians will install and maintain your fire equipment. We offer regular equipment inspection services to ensure correct working. We also issue Form 16 certification when we install new fire extinguishers.

 

Emergency and exit lighting

​We provide installation, inspection and maintenance of emergency and exit lights.

 

Fire hydrants and fire hose reels

We provide a comprehensive maintenance program for your fire hose reels and fire hydrants including annual flow tests.

At Aegis Safe offer you with additional fire protection services:

  • Fire services for fire pumps
  • Evacuation diagrams
  • Fire training
  • Design and consulting services to maximize the efficiency of our fire equipment
  • Industrial, commercial and residential fire hydrant systems, fire detection and fire alarm systems
  • You can rely on our services to be available to you all week
  • Annual fire safety statements and council certifications
  • Testing and maintenance of numerous fire protection systems and equipment

Our services include installation, testing, maintenance and certification.

 

Fire door services

​These are specialised doors that are tested against fire elements and whose purpose is to withstand roaring fires as long as possible. Fire doors are essential safety features that can make a difference between life and death. It’s important to know the different specifications of a fire door such as the minutes it can withstand fire. That’s where we come in. At Aegis Safe, we present you with options that will best suit your needs.

Smoke alarms Brisbane

We provide legislation-compliant smoke alarms on demand to make sure your home is safe. We're experts in household electrical safety and can install smoke alarms in your property, so that you, your family or your tenants are well protected.

Here are some tips to help make your home smoke alarms compliant:

  • Photoelectric smoke alarms need to be installed in every bedroom, hallway (near bedrooms) and on every level
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are hardwired and interconnected with battery backup or 10 year lithium interconnected.
  • Regular testing that your smoke alarms works correctly

Smoke alarm legislation changes - January 2022

From the 1st January 2022, new smoke alarm legislation will apply to all domestic dwellings leased and sold. This is something that all renters, home buyers, landlords and sellers need to be aware of.

If you are planning to lease, sell or buy a home in the next few years, make sure the smoke alarms comply with the new legislation. Smoke alarms must be interconnected and installed in each bedroom, hallways near bedrooms and on every floor.

The new legislation specifies the types of alarms and how they should be optimally installed to give you early warning and the best chance to escape.

Fire safety services

As the responsible person for safety in a workplace, you need to find the right fire safety partner to help you keep everyone safe.

It's essential that your fire equipment is serviced regularly and follows Australian Standards. Let us assist you with your services by providing safety inspections, risk assessments, fire safety training and evacuation diagrams.

Fire hydrant and fire hose reel services

​Fire hydrant and hose reel systems consist of fire pumps, pipes, water supply and fire hydrant.

These should be placed strategically in buildings and other establishments to ensure water coverage in order to combat a fire.

We can customise systems and designs according to your preferences and needs at the lowest possible cost while meeting your industrial risk management requirements.

We also provide the required fire hose reel testing and fire hydrant testing services that needs to occur every 6 months.

Fire alarm panels, heat and smoke detection
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We will maintain your fire detection alarm systems (monthly, 6-monthly or annually) to ensure efficient use during emergencies.

Fire extinguisher service benefits

You can easily minimise the danger to your business and potential damage and injury to your family members, employees or customers with our 6 monthly or annual fire safety services. Our fire extinguisher services and fire extinguisher maintenance will keep you protected and compliant with the law and your insurances.

We will work with you to figure out the right type of fire extinguishers are right for your situation.  After assessing the fire risk and your requirements we then look at how we can achieve this to fit within your particular budget. To help us reach a decision we analyze your particular environment to see what types of fire hazards might be present. The types of fire a divided into 6 classes:

Class A fires: Fires brought about by ordinary combustible materials – such as wood and paper.

Class B fires: Fires containing combustible liquids and the so-called flammable liquids (like methylated spirits).

Class C fires: Fires containing flammable gases – such as hydrogen as well as the more common LPG

Class D fires: Fires containing combustible metals

Class E fires: Fires brought containing electricity faults

Class F fires: Fires containing the fats and oils used in cooking processes

Choosing the right type of fire extinguisher for your workplace is essential.  The right type of fire extinguisher for you will be determined by identifying the type of fire hazard that presents the greatest risks.

Portable fire extinguisher service requirements AS1851

Australian Standard 1851 requires that fire extinguishers be tested and tagged every six (6) months. Certain types of water and foam fire extinguishers need to be refilled every 12 months. All other fire extinguishers need to be refilled and pressure tested every 5 years.

Australian Standard AS2444 requires fire extinguishers to be located approximately every 30m in your premises and have appropriate signage.

Fire extinguisher specialists

You can control a potential fire situation before it takes hold if you have the right fire equipment close at hand.  We offer a range of portable fire extinguishers to suit all types and classes of fires. We sell fire extinguishers to all locations around Australia and have qualified portable fire equipment technicians in Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong.  We are here to help you protect the lives around you and your equipment by using the correct fire extinguisher, installation, certification, training and servicing. You can also buy fire extinguishers and fire equipment online at some of the lowest prices around and have it delivered to your door.

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Prices 6 Monthly and Yearly Testing and Tagging Items tested include: extinguishers, hose reels, smoke alarms, fire doors, fire hydrants and fire blankets

Fire extinguisher servicing guide for consumers

Fire extinguishers that are installed in all commercial buildings, public buildings and certain multi-occupancy residential buildings need to be regularly inspected and tested by a competent person. The Australian Standard, AS 1851 2012 Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment specifies the fire extinguisher testing, maintenance and inspections that are required.

Examples of commercial buildings: offices, shopping centres, factories warehouses, restaurants, cafes, retail stores

Examples of public buildings: hospitals, schools, universities, libraries, theatres

Property owners, building managers, property managers, strata managers, tenants and the community in general should all be aware of some key points regarding the servicing of fire extinguishers to ensure they receive the appropriate level of service and are charged the correct amount for the services.

The following information will provide you with some guidelines which will hopefully help to make sure you receive the correct servicing of your fire extinguishers.

Fire Extinguisher Servicing Requirements

All fire extinguishers used in commercial, public and multi-occupancy residential buildings have to be inspected at six monthly intervals. The pressure indicator gauge has to inspected to see that the pressure gauge is reading in the green zone to ensure that there is ample gas propellant to make the extinguisher work. If the extinguisher doesn’t have a pressure indicator gauge it may need to be weighed to check the total mass to see if it’s still full. Fire extinguishers need to be discharged, pressure tested and refilled every five years.

The servicing, tests and intervals are to be recorded maintenance test tag that is attached to the top of the unit.

We specialise in the following fire extinguisher services: fire extinguisher testing, fire extinguisher maintenance, fire extinguisher services, fire extinguisher certification, fire extinguisher refills, fire extinguisher installation, Fire extinguisher services Sydney. Fire extinguisher products.

Fire extinguisher services - inspections

Your fire extinguisher services have to be carried out every 6 months. If you require fire extinguisher services contact us for extremely competitive prices. Our fire extinguisher service technicians can come to your premises and inspect the fire extinguishers at your facility. Our process is to schedule a time that suits you to service your facility. The fire inspection technicians will arrive on time with a smile and perform the inspections of your fire extinguishers. While the job might seem fairly simple, there is actually an extensive process behind the annual fire extinguisher inspection. Each fire extinguisher requires individual attention and several detailed check points to ensure it will function as designed. We offer complete fire extinguisher inspections as well as fire extinguisher testing and Annual Fire Safety Statements for an extensive range of buildings and property types. We can carry out all types of fire extinguisher inspections and fire extinguisher testing for:

  • Commercial buildings (high-rise, low-rise, wholesale and retail)
  • Industrial buildings(warehouses, factories and manufacturing)
  • Infrastructure (education, health, road tunnels, rail and defense)
  • Strata (units, townhouses and shops)

We will provide you with fire extinguisher inspections, fire extinguisher testing and other fire extinguisher maintenance services that will give you assurance that your fire extinguishers are fully charged and ready for use. Our fire extinguisher service process generally involves making sure that your fire extinguishers are located in the appropriate place. We then check that they have not been used or tampered with and that there is no physical damage or element that will prevent the fire extinguisher from functioning properly. Our fire extinguisher inspections will reveal whether your fire extinguishers are in a satisfactory condition or if they require repairs, replacement, pressure testing or recharging. Our fire extinguisher services and fire extinguisher inspections are compliant with Australian Standards.

Correct fire extinguisher services requires that the maintenance tag be stamped by a qualified technician. Fire protection equipment items that are tested and tagged are: fire extinguishers, hose reels, smoke alarms, fire doors, fire hydrants and fire blankets. After use maintenance schedule consists of recharging plus other specified functional checks.

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. From a single fire extinguisher to a full building fit out of fire extinguishers, we have a range of the most effective products and packages for almost every situation. Buy fire extinguishers from Aegis Safe today and save.

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

Fire extinguisher services & sales

We supply and install fire extinguishers as well as provide large project fire extinguishers services Australia wide.

We also have fire extinguisher team based in Brisbane, Sydney and the Gold Coast 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

Portable fire extinguishers

By definition, a portable fire extinguisher is an equipment utilised for extinguishing a fire. In reality, a portable fire extinguisher is only effective against the size and type of fire it is rated for.

In firefighting terms, portable fire extinguishers are used as "first attack" equipment. They are utilised only in the early stages of fire, up to the stage after which the fire grows beyond the chosen fire extinguisher’s capacity.

With Australia there are 5 main types of fire extinguishers available; carbon dioxide, dry chemical powder, wet chemical, foam and water. The extinguisher must be selected keeping in mind the class of fire it will be utilised against.

In 1723, the first patent of a fire extinguisher was launched by English scientist Ambrose Godfrey. The following 300 years experienced literally hundreds of variations and iterations over the basic design of the fire extinguisher.

If you analyse all the variations, you will be left with five common components present in every variant of the extinguisher manufactured in history;

  • a directional nozzle
  • a valve
  • an expellant (or propellant)
  • an extinguishing agent
  • a storage vessel

Modern fire extinguishers have continued to retain these common components. However, the advent of new technology has clearly resulted in improvements in the performance (rating and capacity) of  extinguishers.

Fire chemistry

Combustion (fire) is defined as a sequence of exothermic chemical reactions between an oxidant and a fuel accompanied by the by-products of combustion, namely electromagnetic radiation (light), smoke and heat.

There are four elements contributing to create the perfect environment for the initiation of fire and for its continuation. The four elements are namely:

  • Chemical Reaction (Oxidation)
  • Oxidant
  • Heat
  • Fuel

The effective removal of any one of these essential elements will result in the fire being extinguished.

In simple terms, a fire extinguisher works by influencing, eliminating or the ongoing effect of one or more of these four elements.

Classification of fires

The classification of fires is done in accordance to the fuel type and if there is a presence of live electrical equipment. The classification is very important, as it has direct influence over the selection and usage of the correct extinguisher for the fire situation. The fire extinguisher that is most relevant for extinguishing the fire.

The 6 classes of fire are:

  • Class A - Ordinary Combustibles (such as plastics, wood, paper, etc.)
  • Class B – Combustible and flammable liquids
  • Class C - Flammable gases
  • Class D - Combustible metals
  • Class E - Electrically energised equipment
  • Class F – Fats and cooking oils

Types of fire extinguishers

As stated earlier, fire extinguishers are broadly categorised into 5 main types;

  • Carbon dioxide
  • Dry chemical powder
  • Wet chemical
  • Foam
  • Water

For a given classification of fire, the selection of a fire extinguisher is shown by the colour code present in the body of the extinguishers.

Colouring and labels are the primary distinguishing factor for portable fire extinguishers.

The standard colour for portable fire extinguishers was changed in 1997. The extinguishers available in the market from this date were required to be polished stainless steel and painted red. Due to this change being relatively recent, extinguishers still use both Pre-1997 and Post 1997 colour schemes.

There is no universally acceptable type of fire extinguisher for all classes of fire. During selection of the most suitable variant of fire extinguisher, or combination of relevant fire extinguishers, each option must be carefully considered.

Water fire extinguishers (W)

A water-based extinguisher is also known as a stored pressure air-water fire extinguisher. This is because it’s a fire extinguisher that is stored under pressure (normally by air) and filled with water. These extinguishers are most applicable for Class A fires.

A water extinguisher cools the fire, interrupting the exothermic reaction. When the valve operated by a hand-held trigger is depressed, a water extinguisher starts operating. The water, contained and stored under pressure within the container is subsequently expelled.

Dry chemical powder (DCP)

The 2 main-types of dry chemical powder fire extinguisher are;

  • BE Type - Effective on Class B, E & F fires.
  • ABE Type - Effective on Class, A, B, C & E fires.

Dry chemical powder interrupts the oxidation process, making them very effective in controlling fires. The dry chemical powder, stored under pressure in the cylinder gets expelled when the hand-held trigger is depressed.

Note: There are special powders available for extinguishing fires where Class D combustible metals are involved.

Air-foam (AF)

Air-foam fire extinguishers are either utilised against a class A or B fires, either as an aspirated (expanded & mixed with air via a branch pipe) or in a non-aspirated form. It subsequently creates a blanket of foam above the fuel, preventing the oxygen supply.

Wet chemical (WC)

Wet chemical fire extinguishers are mainly installed in commercial kitchens for dealing with Class F fires (where the fuel is fats or cooking oils).

A wet chemical extinguisher smothers the burning oil by forming a blanket of soapy foam over it. This subsequently cools down the oil below its ignition point.

The chemical is expelled in the form of a fine mist that does not splash the grease onto other surfaces. Also, a Wet Chemical extinguisher can be safely used against “A” class fires.

Carbon dioxide (CO2)

Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers are mostly useful against fire involving electrically energised equipment. Specifically where this electrically non conductive, inert gas, is most suited due to the minimal amount of clean up available from the agent. Areas that have expensive electrical equipment are a good example.

Carbon dioxide extinguishers are equipped with liquid CO2, that is subsequently expelled as a gas. Due to its heaviness when compared to air, carbon dioxide blankets a fire. It prevents oxygen from reaching the fire, depriving the burning fuel of oxygen. Carbon dioxide extinguishers are also effective against fires of Class “B” and “C”.

Unlike other chemicals used in fire extinguishers, CO2 doesn't adversely affect the environment by leaving a harmful residue. It also poses very little threat to electronic equipment employed in computer rooms, laboratories, and other sensitive areas with electrical equipment.

Fire extinguisher operation
Fire extinguishers expel an extinguishing agent when extinguishing a fire. The extinguishing agent is stored under pressure within a metal cylinder. When the hand-held trigger is depressed, the relevant valve opens releasing the agent.

Some fire extinguishers are equipped with a pressure gauge that offers a visual indication of its pressurised state. These gauges are colour coded, where green indicates whether the extinguisher is pressurised and ready for usage. It may also illustrate a numerical value indicating the same situation stated above.

Extinguisher rating

The Australian Standard AS 1850 states that fire extinguishers must be marked with a rating and classification to comply with Australian Standards. The ratings of the extinguishers are calculated on the basis of their suitability and performance against a specific class of fire. A typical dry chemical extinguisher is marked 2A:40B: E, whereas a water extinguisher is marked 2A.
The number portrayed before the letter offers a measure of the relative performance within the relevant class as shown below:
• For Class A - Between 0 and 10
• For Class B - Between 2 and 80
• For Class F - Between 1 and 4

A higher number indicates that the extinguisher is more effective for that relevant class of fire. A fire extinguisher rated for several classes of fires are expressed in alphabetical order, i.e. 2A:40B: E.

There is a common misconception prevalent that 2 different fire extinguishers equipped with equal volume (Litres) or mass (Kg) must have the same rating. Every fire extinguisher is subjected to an array of standardised tests that ultimately determines their rating and suitability. These tests are conducted under the jurisdiction of the relevant local authority and in accordance with the building Code of Australia. It is mandatory to prominently display the final ratings on the sides of the relevant extinguisher.

Location and distribution

The Building Code of Australia, in correspondence with various State and Territory legislation establishes the distribution, location and selection of fire extinguishers to be utilised.

Generally, the Australian Standard AS 2444 is used as a reference in whole or in part while creating these documents. AS 2444 is the subordinate to these legislations, and proper care should be taken before providing further advice on the requirements of the fire extinguishers solely based on a single legislature.

  • Fire extinguishers must be installed in a position where it is clearly visible and also readily accessible.
  • It must be supported by a bracket or hook that is mounted not above hip height, that is, not more than 1.2 metres.
  • Portable fire extinguishers must not be positioned anywhere it is not readily accessible or might be a potential hazard for the user.
  • They should be positioned near exits and normal travel paths.

The Australian Standard AS2444 and the Building Code of Australia are the primary statures that must be adhered to for location and selection of portable fire extinguishers.

Signage

Portable fire extinguishers have two basic types of signs associated with them. The first is a circular identification disc and the second is a red coloured rectangular “location sign” with a white picture of fire extinguisher implemented within.

These signs specify the type of fire it is to be the fire extinguisher is to be used against and its contents.

The location sign

The location sign should be directly positioned above the fire extinguisher, and its bottom edge should not be less than 2 metres above the floor (AS 2444:2001 clause 3.3.4).

The identification sign
The identification sign should be positioned below the location sign and immediately above the fire extinguisher.

Using a fire extinguisher

The person looking to use a fire extinguisher should select the correct size and type of fire extinguisher most suitable for the relevant class of fire before undertaking the following:

  1. Ensure that the area is accessible and safe; the fire must not be too hot or too large, and that there are no other immediate hazards to safety.
  2. Contact the fire brigade.
  3. Select the correct fire extinguisher relevant for the class of fire.
  4. For using the fire extinguisher, the following acronym PASS - Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.
    1. Pull the pin of the fire extinguisher;
    2. Aim the extinguisher towards the base of the fire;
    3. Squeeze the handle;
    4. Sweep the extinguisher back and forth.

The fire may reignite even after it has been extinguished. Until the fire brigade arrives, secure another fire extinguisher if it’s safe enough and observe the scene of the fire.

Maintenance

According to the Australian Standard AS1851, every portable fire extinguisher is subjected to preventative maintenance activities, tests and periodic inspection.

This Australian Standard describes the specific events, criteria or intervals when an extinguisher must be maintained.

The maintenance record documents the frequency of these inspections (a yellow tag fixed securely against the fire extinguisher) by marking and stamping a number representing the maintenance activity that was performed. It is done in the following interval.

1 - 6-Monthly
2 - Yearly
4 - 5-Yearly
5 - After Usage

Most fire extinguishers must be tested, inspected and discharged by a licensed facility, as they are pressure vessels. The approval is doled out for any condition that may render the vessel unsafe and dangerous.

Summary

For most common classes of fire, portable fire extinguishers are utilized as the first item of response. They are located throughout a commercial building for equipping the occupants with the means of responding to a fire still in its early stages. In domestic circumstances, households must have both fire blankets and a Dry Chemical Powder [Class AB(E)] fire extinguisher. According to the Australian Standard AS1851, fire extinguishers must be maintained periodically.

Types of fire extinguishers we supply and 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.

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 technician 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 type 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.

Portable fire extinguishers

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 extinguishers - Dry powder fire extinguishers

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 - which fire extinguisher to use

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. Protect your business or property today with our fire extinguisher service Brisbane.

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). You can also purchase fire doors and fire hydrants at an optimal price.

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.

Pull Pin:

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

Aim:

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

Squeeze:

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

Sweep:

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.
  • 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”.

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

Fire Extinguisher 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.

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Fire extinguisher services

Sales & Installation

Our expert installation team install fire extinguishers in accordance with your specific designs and plans.

Maintenance

Fire extinguishers need to be serviced at regular intervals. We make this easy and cost effective for you.

Inspections

We will inspect and ensure that all your fire extinguishers and equipment are maintained to professional standards.

Industry Capabilities

We will fulfill your requirements for any sized job. We have the expertise to service a single extinguisher or a complete building fitout.

Refilling & Pressure Testing

By pressure testing or refilling your current extinguishers you can save up to 50% on the price of new extinguishers.

Certificates & Documentation

We provide all required documentation from installation certificates to annual fire safety statements & maintenance records.

Fire Extinguisher & Equipment Hire

You can hire extinguishers for your next job, event, festival or party to make sure that you meet your fire safety obligations.

Complete Fire Protection Services

Our team can handle all of your fire protection requirements. Our work is carried out to Australian Standards and at much lower prices than other providers.