FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

What type of extinguisher should I purchase?

This FAQ sheet will provide information regarding extinguishers available to fight various fires.  Some can only be used on certain types of fires. 

 

When should a person attempt to put a fire out with a fire extinguisher?

ONLY attempt to put out a fire in the early stages when it is small and contained.ONLY when there is a way to escape behind you in order to get clear of the fire.  If the fire has spread beyond the early stages, it is time to evacuate the location or building.  Be sure that the fire extinguisher is large enough to put out the fire because many types discharge completely within a matter of seconds.  It is important to understand the capabilities of the units you have in your location before you may need to use them.   

 

How can I be sure that Extinguisher I choose is approved for the type of fire that need to extinguish?

All extinguishers sold on this website meet the stringent requirements for Fire Safety Equipment and carry the relevant certifications and ratings required to meet the relevant Australian Standards.AGAIN it is very important you choose your extinguisher based on the product information or as recommended by an appropriate expert.

 

Types Of Fires:

There are basically five types offire extinguishers that are made exclusively for different types of fires,there fore, talking about the types of fire extinguishers, we first must lookat the different types of fires on which these fire extinguishers are based on.

Following are the different classes of fires:

Class A Fires

These fires are caught on solid substances such as paper,wood, plastic etc

Class B Fires

These fires are caused by the flammable liquids such asparaffin, petrol, oil etc.

Class C Fires

Class C fires are due to flammable gases such as propane, butane, methane etc

Class E Fires

These fires involve electrical appliances such as outlets, circuit breakers, or wiring.

Class F Fires

These are caused by cooking oil and fats

The Types Of Fire Extinguishers:

These different types of fire extinguishers contain special agents that can only extinguish the fire for which they are made. Following are the five main types of fire extinguishers:


Water Fire Extinguishers

The water fire extinguisher is the cheapest and the most widely used fire extinguisher. This type of fire extinguisher is used typically for Class A fires and is filled with water, pressurized with oxygen. This fire extinguisher works only for the type A fire extinguishers.


Foam Fire Extinguishers

The foam fire extinguishers are used to put out the fires of class A and B, and are more expensive and versatile than the water fire extinguishers.

They are filled with foam and are pressurized with nitrogen.


Dry Powder Fire Extinguishers

A dry powder fire extinguisher is a multi-purpose extinguisher used for Class A, B and E fires.

This versatile fire extinguisher is pressurized with nitro genexpensive and much effective.

However certain precautions must be taken while using this extinguisher. For example if you are using it for gas type fires then you must first cut out the gas supply.

Also this fire extinguisher leaves a sticky or corrosive residue that can be damage the surface on which it has been sprayed.


The CO2 Fire Extinguishers

The carbon dioxide fire extinguisher is used to extinguish electrical fires, but it can also be used to extinguish Class B and E fires. This highly pressurized extinguisher containscarbon dioxide as its name suggest.

The best thing about these extinguishers isthat they do not leave a harmful residue and does not corrode the material itis sprayed on. But on the negative side, it has no post fire security i.e. ifit is not able to displace enough oxygen, the fire could re-ignite.

 

Fire Blankets:

 

A fireblanket is a safety device designed to extinguish small (F fires) incipient(starting) fires and can also be used if a person’s clothing has caught fire.
Fire Blanket consists of a sheet of fire retardant material which is placedover a fire in order to smother it

Small fire blanketsare usually made of fibreglass and are folded into a quick-release contraptionfor ease of storage.

Fireblankets, along with fire extinguishers, are fire safety items that can beuseful in case of a fire. These non flammable blankets are useful in smotheringsmall fires by not allowing any oxygen to the fire. Due to its simplicity, afire blanket may be more helpful for someone who is inexperienced with fireextinguishers.

Larger fireblankets, for use inindustrial and commercial environments, but may be used domestically as well.. These blankets are usuallymounted in vertical quick-release container so that they can be easily pulledout and wrapped round a person whose clothes are on fire.

Always read the instructions for your Fire Blanket before use. Note: Fire Blankets are not designed for re-use! It is essential that you dispose of your Fire Blanket on ceit has been employed.

All the fire blankets sold through our website are Certified & Approved to AS/NZS 3504