First Fire Extinguishers Australia
Welcome to First Fire Extinguishers! We are here to provide you with information regarding fire safety and fire fighting equipment. Read up on the latest products for business or home related fire safety.
This site is designed to help you understand and comply with fire safety regulations, as well as, to explore the various equipment you can use to combat a fire related tragedy.
When your life may depend on it, you don’t want to be caught without proper equipment and knowledge. Preparation is the key to a succesful emergency plan.
The threat of fire is constant anywhere, precautionary measures must be taken in fire prevention. Fire prevention steps like proper electrical wiring, using proper plug capacities, maintenance of faulty home appliance or equipment, fire safety information campaigns...
Automatic Fire Extinguishers and automatic fire sprinkler systems are prime installations included in fire prevention systems along with the fire hoses in glass cases and the occasional fire ax. Automatic fire systems are fitted in the ceiling connected by a series of...
Every now and then we notice shiny types of fire extinguishers with various labels set to them. The labels, as required by law and standardization certified by the Underwriter's Laboratories indicate the chrome cylinder's content which is used in fire fighting. Most...
Instinctively, before the manufacturing of today's fire extinguishers, man has used water as a form of protection against fire. Until now, the use of Air Pressurized Water (APW) Fire Extinguishers is still recommended for type “A” fires. Fire extinguishers using water...
Powder Fire Extinguishers are dry substances packed in high-pressurized cylinders. Powder Fire Extinguishers are often seen in a home, workshops, kitchens and anywhere combustible solids and liquids are. This type of fire extinguisher is also recommended for...
Fires are caused when materials have reached their igniting stage and when classified as combustible. A fire spreads out when surrounding materials are exposed to heat, fueled by substances of its components and oxygen in the air that sustains any combustion. To stop...
The dual rating for types 'A' & 'B' fires mark the Foam Extinguisher's ability to contain and put out fires from combustible materials and flammable liquids. The Foam Extinguisher contains an Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF). As it reads, the foam made from...
A Carbon Dioxide fire extinguisher will not work well for type 'A' fires. The blast from a CO2 extinguisher is bound to spread pieces of flaming paper and slivers of wood across the area and cause its spreading. While its use in 'D' type fires will only cause more...
The discovery of fire not only taught humans the way of cooking but also introduced irony in every human life. Fire is a basic necessity for survival, yet it is also the deadliest and unpredictable foe. Since the early 1800’s man has looked for ways to protect home and hearth from fire related disasters and injury. It was at this time that the first fire extinguisher was patented, it was more of an explosive device that needed to be triggered by fuse to scatter the flame retarding liquid. The modern and portable ones we use was patented in 1818 to British Captain George William Manby. A fire has three elements: heat, oxygen and fuel. The heat starts it all bringing any material to the point of igniting, A fuel source supports the burning, while the oxygen sustains the fire for spreading and doing greats damage.
Since that time fire extinguishers are active safety devices that are required in the home, work place, restaurants mostly all places susceptible to fire. These are a person’s first line of defense in containing fire. There are 4 types (classes) of fire extinguishers which are used for a particular type of fires. These are indicated on the cylinder as picture/labeling in the new generation extinguishers or as geometrical and letter designation in older cylinder versions.
Choosing a fire extinguishers according to its usage is best determined by the classifications. Fire class ‘A’ is used for ordinary combustibles, the ‘ B’ class is used for flammable liquids and gas, the class ‘ c’ is for live electrical equipments, the ‘ d’ class is solely for combustible metals and the ‘ K’ class is for burning oils (ie. cooking oil).
Classification and fire extinguisher components are tested by Underwriter’s Laboratories. This is the same body that does routine checks and evaluates a fire extinguisher according to it capability and potential ability to extinguish types of fire. Continuous checks and tests are done in UL laboratories to ensure the public’ s safety and the authenticity of the extinguishers being used.
In determining such, the usage of a particular type of extinguisher is guaranteed to work. This also prevents the misuse and erroneous use of an extinguisher type which would only feed the fire.
Types Of Fires
Assigning a type or class to a fire extinguisher is based on the source of the fire. Since not all fires start from the same fuel source, stopping it from spreading needs the right extinguisher for the fire. Matching both the extinguisher with the fire, one must honestly assess the fire hazards posed in the area you occupy. Having a fire extinguisher not matched with the fire type that may possibly happen in your environment is a waste of money and energy- that is if you get to try and arrest the blaze with the wrong apparatus.
These fires are started when easily ignitable materials have reached their igniting temperature. These materials can be cloth, boxes, paper, plastics and trash.
Type ‘B’ fires usually involve liquids that are highly flammable and spread easily. These fires are also started by gas, paint, petrol viscous yet highly flammable too. This fire type may also be started with gases that are easily ignited by heat, such as propane and butane.
This type of fire is started within an appliance, electric equipment, appliance motors and transformers. A type ‘C’ fire can easily be put out by cutting its power source which abruptly changes its type of fire.
A type ‘D’ fire source is combustible metals such as calcium, lithium, magnesium and its alloys, phosphorus and titanium among the more known chemical elements. These chemicals when heated and oxidation present causes sparks that may turn into fast spreading flames.
This type of fire concern burning of cooking fats and grease.
The classification of fire is a guide on what kind of fire extinguisher is used in varying situations. There are several fire retardant components used for several types of fire and pose dangerous to other fire types. In the following pages are a list of the different kinds of extinguishers available in the market today.