Australian Standard For Fire Extinguishers

Jim’s Fire Safety carry out maintenance of fire extinguishers to help you keep your establishment safe. We have been carrying out maintenance for several years and have gained considerable experience which we bring to you.

When buying a fire extinguisher, many people are often unaware that an Australian standard for fire extinguishers exists and that these have to be regularly serviced and recharged, even if no fire has broken out and they have remained unused.

We carry out tests to examine if the Standards are being met, in order for you to not fall foul of the law. We assure you of our commitment to ensuring that you meet the requisite Standards.

Once you select a fire extinguisher for your premises or vessel, there are several compliance standards that have to be met. At Jim’s Fire Safety, we offer inspection of your establishment for fire standards compliance and are able to issue the requisite annual fire safety statement, should these be met.  

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What Is The Australian Standard For Fire Extinguishers?

There are three Standards that apply specifically to fire safety products:

  • The first one provides guidelines on how they are constructed.
  • The second provides for how the safety product should be installed and used.
  • The third provides for how they are to be maintained and serviced.

The three standards that apply to fire extinguishers are:

AS1841 – relates to the manufacture

AS2444 – relates to the location selection and installation

AS1851 – relates to the maintenance of the fire extinguisher.

Please note that as per Standard AS1851 2012 that relates to regular scheduled fire protection equipment and systems, both wheeled and portable fire extinguishers should be tested every six months. A service overhaul should be carried out every five years or so, but this will depend on the type of extinguisher.

Who Can Help Me With The Standard For Fire Extinguishers?

Our technicians can carry out tests to ascertain the functionality of your fire extinguisher, as well as carry out pressure testing. Refills must be made in between the five years, even if the extinguisher has not been fully used.

After carrying out tests, we label your equipment to indicate that compliance has been tested and meets compliance standards for safety. Our team of experts also carry out the following tests on your premises, saving you both the inconvenience and the time:

  • Accessibility
  • Anti-tamper device
  • Contents full charge
  • Discharge nozzle
  • External corrosion
  • External damage
  • Exterior & instruct
  • Outlet hose assembly
  • Pressure indicator
  • Service tag
  • Signage
  • Support bracket
  • Weight

Through our years of experience, we have gained knowledge on all of the various extinguishers available on the market, and we put this knowledge to use when you contract us to service your fire extinguisher, helping you to ensure that your equipment does not fail you when you will most need it.

Should your equipment fail to meet the required standards, we will recommend the necessary maintenance, repair and replacement of parts or equipment if need be. Our goal is to not only ensure compliance, but your safety as well.

After we have verified the functionality and accessibility of your device making certain it is also properly located, we will apply a service tag to your canister so that your work team knows the equipment is safe to use and that your fire extinguisher has met the compliance standards.

Make Sure Your Fire Extinguishers Are Safe

Your fire extinguisher will be charged and ready following servicing by our technicians, and the canister will, in addition, be certified and labelled, indicating that service was performed and that the appropriate standards have been met.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions at all. Our phone number is 131 546, or you can drop us an enquiry online, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.   

Jim’s Fire Safety specialises in fire safety protection for homes & workplaces around Australia. We offer a variety of services such as smoke alarm testing and fire extinguisher testing to ensure you are safe if a fire does occur. Browse our website further or contact us to learn more.

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