Fire Extinguishers in Australia
In Australia there are 6 main fire extinguisher types which can be installed on business premises. The different types of fire extinguishers in Australia are for different types of fire. For this reason, it is essential that Australian businesses have the right type of extinguisher installed in their workplace.
Types of Fire Extinguishers
Class A extinguishers are used for fires that involve paper products, fabrics of textiles, wood-based products, plastics, and rubber-based products. The type of class A extinguishers that fall into this category are Powder ABE, water, foam, and wet chemicals
Class B fire extinguishers are used to put out fires that started due to flammable or combustible liquids. In the work environment, this could include chemical-based cleaning products, electrical contact cleaner, and lubricants used for equipment. Class B extinguishes that address these materials include Powder ABE and BE, and foam.
Class C fire extinguishers are used for fires started by flammable gases. Circumstances in which these gases are used to operate machinery could lead to a fire or probable explosion. These extinguishers could put out the fire before pressure builds and produces further events. The type of class C extinguishers used for these fires are Powder ABE and BE.
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Class E fire extinguishers stop electrical fires. This includes events related to electrical equipment that requires electricity or circuit to operate. The class E extinguishers used for electrical-based fires include Powder ABE and BE, carbon dioxide, and vaporizing liquid.
Class F extinguishers manage fires caused by cooking oils and fat based products. They address fires that could occur in a kitchen setting of the workplace. Class F extinguishers include Powder BE and wet chemicals.