Adelaide  08 8445 6300
1300 88 FIRE
1300 88 34 73
Sales, service and maintenance of all fire safety equipment

Fire Extinguisher Selection

It is essential to recognise the different types of fire hazards, as the correct treatment for one can prove disastrously wrong for another. Fire System Services technicians can advise you on which extinguisher is required for your risk areas.

 

Fire Classes

A

B

C

E

F

Special Notes

types of fire

paper, wood, plastics

flammable liquids

flammable gases

energized electrical equipment

cooking oils and fats

 

Water

YES

NO

NO

NO

NO

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

Foam AFFF

YES

YES

NO

NO

LIMITED

Dangerous if used on energized electrical equipment

Wet Chemical

YES

NO

NO

NO

YES

Dangerous if used on energized electrical equipment

Dry Chemical AB(E)

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

Look carefully at the extinguisher to determine if it is a B(E) or AB(E) unit as their capabilities are different.

Dry Chemical B(E)

NO

YES

YES

YES

LIMITED

Look carefully at the extinguisher to determine if it is a B(E) or AB(E) unit as their capabilities are different.

Carbon Dioxide

NO

LIMITED

NO

YES

LIMITED

Not suitable for outdoor use.

Vaporising Liquid

YES

LIMITED

NO

YES

NO

Check the characteristics of the specific extinguishant.

 

GREEN YES indicates the most suitable fire extinguisher for that class of fire.
LIMITED indicates that the extinguishant is not the agent of choice for that class of fire, but that it may have limited extinguishing capability.
Class D: For Fires involving combustible metals, a special purpose fire extinguisher is required.
ALL FIRE EXTINGUISHERS MUST BE CHARGED AFTER USE.

Click to download Fire Extinguisher Selection Chart

 

Halon BCF Fire Extinguishers

Halon Legislation

The above link will give you an explanation with the requirements for Halon Fire Extinguishers.

To assist you in making an informed choice please read the following.

***IMPORTANT NOTE***

Fire extinguishers need to be selected & distributed according to the type of fire hazard involved as per Australian Standard 2444. It is important to consider the advantages & disadvantages of each type of extinguishant. The quantity and type of extinguishers will vary according to the class & size of fire hazard, size of premises, etc. This is best left to those who are experienced in the fire industry and we recommend you contact us to obtain an assessment of your fire protection requirements.