Businesses are required by the AS-244 which is the Australian Standard. This law specifies what types of fire extinguisher equipment is required for specific risk areas in a business. There are three different risk classifications, including high, medium, and light. It is crucial business owners understand the Fire Extinguisher Regulations so they can make sure they are fully compliant with the law and allow occupants of their building to have access to the use of a proper extinguish so fire damage and injury can be limited as much as possible.
What Types of Businesses are Required to Have a Fire Extinguisher?
All commercial building or public meeting places are required to have access to fire extinguishers in compliance with the AS-244. These include:
- Manufacturing facilities
Any type of commercial business building must keep and maintain at least one working fire extinguisher that is in plain site and easy to access. Some commercial buildings may be required to have more than one fire extinguisher depending on the number of floors and the fire risk classification of the building. High hazard areas are required to have extinguishers every 15 meters for Class A and 20 meters for Class E.
What Type of Fire Extinguisher Is Needed?
When choosing an extinguisher, it must have a minimum rating of A:B:E or B:E:F. These types can be used in Australian businesses:
- Powder Fire Extinguishers are the most common and feature a wide band around the top. These extinguishers are rated as ABE.
- Powder Fire Extinguishers BE are meant to extinguish fires started by fuels.
- Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers feature an oatmeal colored band at the top and work well on fires caused by fats and oils.
- Water Fire Extinguishers feature no colored band and are effective in extinguishing Class A fires like wood, paper, textiles and rubber.
- Foam Fire Extinguishers feature a blue band and treat Class A and Class B fires.
- CO2 Fire Extinguishers feature a black band and are used in Class E electrical fires.
- Sapphire MRI Fire Extinguishers are stainless steel with a yellow band. These extinguishers are recommended for Class A and Class E fires.
What Types of Service and Maintenance are Required for Fire Extinguishers?
Fire Extinguishers in Dalby must be inspected and maintained on a regular basis. The frequency of inspection is determined the level of the equipment:
- Level One requires inspections carried out every six months.
- Level Two requires inspections be carried out every year.
- Level Four requires inspections be carried out every five years.
The extinguisher must be properly tagged with the date of inspection and the inspector’s or company name that carried out the inspection. Common Myths Regarding Fire Extinguishers
- The standard requirements are always enough for any building.
- Dry chemical extinguishers can be used anywhere.
- All powdered extinguishers are the same.
- Two 20B extinguishers do not equal the protection of a 40B extinguisher.
Seek Professional Advice
The information in this article is of a general nature and may not apply to your specific business situation. For this reason we recommend you contact a professional to ensure you are fully compliant with all regulations. If you are a business owner who needs assistance in staying compliant with Fire Extinguisher Regulations, feel free to contact us. We provide expert installation, testing and maintenance services for fire safety equipment and we can help to make sure you are compliant with the law.