Should I purchase a fire extinguisher from my local hardware shop?
Many people have asked us whether or not the fire extinguishers sold at Bunnings and other hardware shops are safe to buy. The answer is that they probably are – most commercially available fire extinguishers which are compliant with Australian and New Zealand standard AS/NZ1841.5 will likely be safe enough to use. However, the safety or efficiency of the product is not the issue. The problem with purchasing fire equipment from a hardware shop often lies in the fact that people miss out on receiving expert guidance in selecting the correct fire extinguisher for their unique situation. Here are some of the benefits of purchasing your fire equipment from a specialist team like Fire Equipment Online:
Navigating the different kinds of products
There are dozens of fire extinguishers available on the market. These come in a range of different colours, classifications and sizes. Picking the right equipment, without the help of an expert can be a very daunting task. For example, did you know there are six very different classes of fire risks? These include:
- Class A – Ordinary combustibles
- Class B – Flammable liquids
- Class C – Flammable gases
- Class D – Combustible metals
- Class E – Electrical equipment
- Class F – Cooking oils and fats
On top of that, there are also five common types of fire extinguishers on sale in Australia designed to fight the numerous risks above. Different fire classes will require different extinguisher types. These include:
Then there is also the matter of size – extinguisher sizes range between 1.0 KG and 45.0KG. How do you know the right size is right for your fire risks? Also what’s the difference between rechargeable or disposable products, and how do you determine which would work better for you?
Having such a variety of options at your disposal is good: it means there is likely to be a product that perfectly matches the needs of your organisation. However, this variety also makes it difficult to decide which one is best for you. It’s important to ensure you find the perfect fit when it comes to fire extinguishers – after all, having the right fire extinguisher influences the safety of your assets and people, and can even save lives. Your hardware store representative will probably be very knowledgeable about the products on sale in a store like Bunnings. But, because this is not a fire equipment specialist store, they’re not as likely to have the same depth of intelligence about fire extinguishers that we do.
Avoiding dangerous mistakes
It’s an absolute imperative that you choose the correct fire extinguisher for your home or workplace. Not only can an incorrect extinguisher be ineffective at fighting a blaze, but it can also be dangerous, and even fatal when used on a fire with a different rating or class. For example, using a water extinguisher on an oil fire can cause a disastrous explosion. Similarly, using a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher on a chemical fire may cause a chemical reaction that generates an explosion. When you purchase your extinguisher through an expert organisation specialising in fire equipment, you can better-tailor your extinguisher to the unique needs of your organisation, helping save you time, energy and most importantly, preventing harm.
A more extensive range of products
Fire Equipment Online offers an extensive range of fire safety equipment and fire accessories to cater to the needs and requirements of organisations across Australia. We have niche products that are not sold elsewhere, like extra large fire extinguishers or fire equipment to fight the less common Class D fires caused by combustible metals. What’s more, we guarantee quality, supplying top-of-the-line fire suppression products that fully comply with all relevant regulations and Australian Standards. This provides the ultimate peace of mind in knowing your premises are protected.
Want to learn more about what fire extinguisher is right for you? Fire Equipment Online is here to help. Our highly-qualified experts will help find the most affordable and most well-suited fire extinguisher solution for you, no matter how unique your requirements may be. Contact us today for more information.