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Top 5 Locations to Mount Your Portable Fire Extinguisher

The Importance of Having a Portable Fire Extinguisher

Having a portable fire extinguisher is essential for ensuring safety in your home or workplace. However, placing it in the right location is equally important. In this blog post, we will discuss the factors that determine the ideal location for your portable fire extinguisher, the types of extinguishers required for each location, and the top 5 locations to mount your extinguisher. Additionally, we will touch upon the Australian standards and codes that apply to the installation and placement of portable fire extinguishers.

Determining the Ideal Location for Your Portable Fire Extinguisher

Several factors influence the ideal location for a portable fire extinguisher, including:

  • The size of the area
  • The type of fire risk
  • The layout of the building
  • The proximity of fire exits

Practical Tips:

  1. Assess the fire risks in your property, such as electrical equipment, flammable materials, and cooking appliances.
  2. Consider the size of the area and the number of extinguishers needed to cover it adequately.
  3. Examine the layout of the building and identify easily accessible locations near fire exits.
  4. Ensure that the extinguisher is visible and within easy reach during an emergency.

Types of Fire Extinguishers Required for Each Location and Application

There are various types of portable fire extinguishers available, each designed to address specific fire risks. The most common types include:

  • Water extinguishers: Suitable for Class A fires (involving solid materials, such as wood, paper, and textiles).
  • Foam extinguishers: Effective against Class A and B fires (involving flammable liquids, such as petrol, oil, and paint).
  • Dry powder extinguishers: Suitable for Class A, B, and C fires (involving flammable gases, such as propane, butane, and methane).
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) extinguishers: Ideal for Class B and electrical fires.
  • Wet chemical extinguishers: Designed for Class F fires (involving cooking oils and fats).

It’s crucial to use the right type of fire extinguisher for each location to ensure maximum effectiveness.

Reference: “Knowing Your Fire Classes & Extinguishers”

Top 5 Locations to Mount Your Portable Fire Extinguisher

1. Near the Kitchen

Kitchens pose a high risk of fires due to cooking appliances and flammable materials. Mount a wet chemical extinguisher near the exit, away from heat sources, and at least 1.5 meters above the floor.

2. In the Garage

Garages often contain flammable liquids and other combustible materials. Mount a dry powder or foam extinguisher near the garage door for easy access.

3. Near Electrical Panels

Electrical fires can occur due to overloaded circuits or faulty wiring. Mount a CO2 extinguisher near the main electrical panel to quickly address any potential fires.

4. In Hallways and Corridors

Mounting extinguishers in hallways and corridors ensures they are easily accessible in case of a fire. Place them near exits and stairwells, using a water or foam extinguisher to cover a broad range of fire risks.

5. In Workshops and Storage Areas

Workshops and storage areas often contain flammable materials and pose a fire risk. Mount a dry powder or foam extinguisher in a visible and easily accessible location.

Complying with Australian Standards and Codes

If you are an Australian business, you must comply with the following standards and codes:

  • AS 2444-2001: Portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets – Selection and location
  • AS 1851-2012: Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment

To ensure compliance, follow these guidelines:

  1. Engage a qualified professional to install and maintain your portable fire extinguishers.
  2. Regularly inspect and service your extinguishers, as per the requirements of AS 1851-2012.
  3. Ensure that the extinguisher’s signage and labelling are clear and visible, in accordance with AS 2444-2001.

In Summary

Knowing where to mount your portable fire extinguisher is crucial for ensuring its effectiveness in case of a fire. By considering the factors that determine the ideal location, using the right type of extinguisher for each location, and complying with Australian standards and codes, you can enhance safety in your home or workplace. We encourage you to assess your current portable fire extinguisher placement and make any necessary changes to ensure compliance and safety.

We are always ready to help with any questions you may have regarding your fire extinguisher positioning, give one of our team a call and we will set you straight.

Dedicated To Your Fire Safety

Alex 🧯

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