How to use a Fire Extinguisher in Australia

There are FIVE main types of portable fire extinguishers used in Australia. Each type of fire extinguisher is used for specific applications. To extinguish a fire using a portable fire extinguisher we recommend using the acronym PASS (Pull, Aim, Squeeze & Sweep).
Russ Porteous
CEO, Firewize
01 Dec, 2020

The Building Code of Australia requires portable fire extinguishers to be located at locations throughout most classes of buildings.  Unfortunately not everyone will ever have the chance to practice using a fire extinguisher until the unlikely event they are faced with a real fire.

How to extinguish a fire in FOUR easy steps...

How to use a Fire Extinguisher
1 PULL Pull pin at the top of the extinguisher, breaking the seal. When in place, the pin keeps the handle from being pressed and accidentally operating the extinguisher. Immediately test the extinguisher. (Aiming away from the operator) This is to ensure the extinguisher works and also shows the operator how far the stream travels.
2 AIM Approach the fire standing at a safe distance. Aim the nozzle or outlet towards the base of the fire.
3 SQUEEZE Squeeze the handles together to discharge the extinguishing agent inside. To stop discharge, release the handles.
4 SWEEP Sweep the nozzle from side to side as you approach the fire, directing the extinguishing agent at the base of the flames. After an A Class fire is extinguished, probe for smouldering hot spots that could reignite the fuel.

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Dry Chemical Powder AB(E) Fire Extinguisher 2.5Kg
Considered a multi-purpose fire extinguisher, the Dry Chemical Powder fire extinguisher can be purchased for a variety of Fire Classes including B(E), AB(E) and ABC(E) options.
Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguisher 3.5Kg
Perfect for Class E fires, a Carbon Dioxide (CO2) fire extinguisher is an inert gas that leaves no residue after it has be discharged.  Also used in food handling areas and patient care areas of Class 9 buildings.
Air-Water Fire Extinguisher 9.0L
A stored pressure water fire extinguisher is rated for Class A fires. Almost always purchased in a 9 litre capacity, this fire extinguisher of the perfect choice for Class A carbonaceous fires.
Air-Foam Fire Extinguisher 9.0L
An Air-Foam fire extinguisher is an ideal extinguisher for a Class B - Flammable Liquids fires. Distinguished by the Blue Band, and contains a combination of water and Aqueous Film Forming Foam ("AFFF").

Five main types of fire extinguishers used in Australia

All Fire Extinguisher Types - Carbon Dioxide, Dry Chemical Powder, Wet Chemical, Air-Water, Air-Foam
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