All Australian businesses must follow all federal fire safety regulations. These regulations identify the types of fire extinguishers and their purposes. The safety regulations define the appropriate locations for these extinguishers. A consultant could help these companies identify regulations pertaining to Fire Extinguishers for Business.
Reviewing the Types of Fire Extinguishers for Business
Class A Fire Extinguishers
Class A fire extinguishers are suited for three different fire types. First, they are used to extinguish fires involving clothing. These extinguishers may contain water or foam to put out the fires.
Next, Class A extinguishers are used to extinguish carbonaceous fires. This could involve the contents of trash bins. The Class A extinguishers used for these purposes should include ABE powder, wet chemicals, or vaporizing liquids.
The last purpose for using Class A extinguishers is to extinguish fires involving cardboard or wood. They are larger in nature in most cases and cover wider spaces. The extinguisher must contain water, foam. or ABE powder to manage these fires.
Class B Fire Extinguishers
Class B fire extinguishers are used to put out fires involving gas-based liquids and polar solvents. They could include oil, grease, cleaning chemicals, or alcohol. The extinguishers should contain BE or ABE powder, foam, vaporizing liquid, or carbon dioxide.
Class C Fire Extinguishers
Class C fire extinguishers are used to manage fires involving certain types of gases. They include propane used to for grills, natural gas, acetylene, and LPG. The extinguishers must contain BE or ABE powder. Gas fires require the workers to shut down the supply into the area before attempting to extinguish it.
Class D Fire Extinguishers
Class D fire extinguishers are used for metal fires. This includes incidents involving metal shavings. The extinguishers must contain special powder as defined by fire safety regulations.
Class E Fire Extinguishers
Class E fire extinguishers are used for energized or electrical fires. They may involve but aren’t limited to fuse boxes and computer-based equipment. The extinguishers must include BE or ABE powder, carbon dioxide, and vaporizing liquid.
Class F Fire Extinguishers
Class F fire extinguishers are used for fire involving cook oils and products found in kitchen areas. This includes dripping oil, butter, and fat byproducts. The extinguishers should contain wet chemicals, BE powder, foam, and carbon dioxide.
Where are Fire Extinguishers Positioned in Businesses?
The Commercial Fire Extinguishers are positioned at 2,000 millimeters from the floor. A sign must provide the exact location for each extinguisher in the building. These signs must indicate the distance to each fire extinguisher when workers approach it. The signs and extinguishers must be visible to all workers throughout the building.
Reviewing the Testing Requirements for Fire Extinguishers
According to Fire Extinguisher Regulations, all fire extinguishers must be tested every six months. Any defects discovered must be reported to a service provider. Any faulty extinguishers must be serviced or replaced immediately. The maintenance staff must maintain thorough records for these extinguishers.
Fire safety regulations in Australia define the laws in which businesses must follow. These regulations pertain to positioning fire safety equipment inside the building. They also define the types of extinguishers in which the workers should use for specific fires. Companies that need assistance with maintaining compliance should contact a FCF Fire and Electrical today.