Portable Fire Extinguishers

Portable fire extinguishers are an important and legal obligation in most premises. Torvac Solutions can recommend, install and service a comprehensive range of extinguishers that in the event of a fire, your chances of preventing further damage and loss is diminished. Ensuring portable fire extinguishers can be operated effectively is an essential part of keeping building occupants safe from fire. That’s why a range of Australian Standards govern the proper placement, installation, maintenance, operation and repair of fire extinguishers – including AS–3676,
AS–4353, AS–2444, AS–1851 and AS–1850.

Portable Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are a legal obligation in most premises.

Torvac Solutions technicians are qualified to service Fire Extinguishers as per AS 1851, where it states that portable fire extinguishers must be tested by qualified persons at half-yearly intervals. It is also worth noting that some Industries have specific requirements for fire extinguisher maintenance. Adding to this there are Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies and procedures and State/territory building codes and work procedures that vary from state to state. 

As a guide, Australian Standards recommend the use of the following portable fire extinguishers.

Water

For wood, paper and plastic fires.

Not recommended for use on flammable liquid, energised electrical equipment and cooking oils and fats.

Wet Chemical

For wood, paper and plastic fires as well as Cooking Oils and Fats.

Not recommended for use on energised electrical equipment.

Foam

For wood, paper, plastic fires and Flammable and Combustible Liquids as well as limited cooking oils and fat.

Powder (2 TYPES, ABE and BE)

(ABE) For wood, paper, plastic fires and Flammable and Combustible Liquids, Flammable gases and Electrically energized equipment.

(BE) Flammable and Combustible Liquids, Flammable gases, Electrically energized equipment and cooking oils and Fats.

Carbon Dioxide

For Electrically energized equipment, limited use on For wood, paper, plastic fires and Flammable and Combustible Liquids.

Vaporizing Liquid

For wood, paper, plastic fires and Flammable and Combustible Liquids, Flammable gases and Electrically energized equipment.

Location of Portable Fire extinguishers