Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers

Training

The Specialist Health & Safety Team offer practical, hands on, fire extinguisher training where staff get to experience in using different fire extinguishers on real fires. Discuss with your supervisor if you feel this training is appropriate for you.

Fire Extinguisher List

ExtinguisherDescription
Fire extinguisher - Water

Water

Band colour:

  • Red (that is, no band)

Characteristics:

  • Contains nine litres of water under pressure
  • Discharge period of 60 - 100 seconds

Use for:

  • Combustible solids such as wood, paper, rubbish or textiles

Do not use for:

  • Flammable liquid fires
  • Flammable gas fires
  • Fires involving live electrical equipment
  • Fires involving cooking oils and fats

Other notes:

  • Use in an upright position
Fire Extinguisher - Foam

Foam

Band colour:

  • Blue

Characteristics:

  • Contains nine litres of an aqueous film-forming foam additive
  • Discharge period of 40 - 90 seconds

Use for:

  • Flammable liquid fires such as petrol, oils and paint

Do not use for:

  • Flammable gas fires
  • Fires involving live electrical equipment

Other notes:

  • Use in an upright position
Fire Extinguisher - Carbon Dioxide

Carbon Dioxide

Band colour:

  • Black

Characteristics:

  • Contains carbon dioxide
  • Discharge period depends on the size of the extinguisher

Use for:

  • Fires involving live electrical equipment

Do not use for:

  • Flammable gas fires
  • Fires involving cooking oils and fats

Other notes:

  • Limited usefulness outdoors
  • Best for small fires
Fire Extinguisher - Powder

Dry Chemical - type AB(E) or B(E)

Band colour:

  • White

Characteristics:

  • Contains bicarbonate-based powder
  • Discharge period depends on the size of the extinguisher

Use for:

  • Flammable liquid fires
  • Flammable gas fires
  • Fires involving live electrical equipment
  • Type AB(E) only: combustible solids
  • Type B(E) only: cooking oils and fats

Do not use for:

  • Type AB(E): do not use on oils or fats
  • Type B(E) do not use on combustible solids

Other notes:

  • None
Fire Extinguisher - Wet Chemical

Wet Chemical

Band colour:

  • Oatmeal

Characteristics:

  • Contains liquid alkaline extinguishing agent

Use for:

  • Combustible solids
  • Cooking oils and fats

Do not use for:

  • Flammable liquids
  • Flammable gas
  • Fires involving live electrical equipment

Other notes:

  • Designed for use in kitchens with deep fryers.

BCF (halon) Yellow in colour. These extinguishers have been withdrawn in accordance with environmental guidelines since 1 January 1997. Please return any existing units to Asset Services.

Maintenance and Servicing

The majority of fire extinguishers on all campuses are serviced by a qualified contractor arranged by Asset Services. All requests for servicing or problems with these items should be forwarded to Asset Services. Most fire extinguishers are serviced/checked twice per year as per AS 1851.

Departments are required to arrange the servicing of the fire extinguishers fitted in their vehicles through the current contractor used by Asset Services. It is recommended that servicing be carried out during the inspection visit in October of each year. Departments can obtain confirmation of the onsite inspection dates from Asset Services. The cost of servicing the fire extinguishers installed in motor vehicles will be charged to Departments.