Did you know that with the correct signs, charts and symbols, it is easy to identify and ensure you use the right fire extinguisher.
Each fire extinguisher in Australia has different signage so it is important to ensure the correct signs are used.
Fire Extinguisher Signs
Fire extinguisher signs are a safety measure which use words and/or symbols to give important information in regards to locations and types of fire extinguishers installed.
The idea of a fire extinguisher sign is that it is easy to read and identify which is why it is presented in white and red colours.
According to Australian standards, it is required to install a fire extinguisher sign within close proximity to any fire equipment that is installed within your workplace or building. This includes fire extinguishers, fire hose reels, fire blankets etc.
Understanding Your Fire Extinguisher Chart
Not all fires are the same. Therefore, not all fire extinguishers are the same.
This is why the fire extinguisher chart has been designed.
The fire extinguisher chart acts as a quick and easy-to-read guide to aid in choosing the correct extinguisher in the unfortunate event of a fire in your workplace, home or building.
Click on the fire extinguisher chart image on the right for more information.
Fire Extinguisher Symbols
Every fire extinguisher in Australia is equipped with its own symbol to indicate which type of fire it should be used for.
Below is a quick explanation of the different classes of fire and the corresponding symbols that indicate the fire extinguisher recommended for use.
- Class A – Ordinary combustibles – displays an ordinary rubbish bin and wood on fire.
- Class B – Flammable liquids – displays a fuel can and liquid in flames.
- Class C – Flammable gases – displays a gas cylinder with flames.
- Class D – Combustible metals – displays a metal bar in flames.
- Class E – Electrical equipment – displays an electrical switch on fire.
- Class F – Cooking oils and fats – displays a pan alight with flames.
For a clear overview of the fire extinguisher symbols, please refer to this very helpful article provided by FPA Australia.
Or if you want to learn more about the different fire classes in Australia you can see this detailed article.
Installing Your Fire Extinguisher Sign
The fire extinguisher location and identification signs within your workplace or building need to adhere to Australian standards.
Below are a few points to ensure your signs are mounted correctly:
1. As per AS2444, fire extinguisher identification signs must be located above or adjacent each extinguisher.
2. It is compulsory to position a location sign at least 2000mm from the floor or situated so it is clearly visible to a person of average height.
3. Location signs must be mounted above or adjacent the fire equipment.
4. Fire extinguisher identification signs, though not required, are highly recommended to be installed adjacent your fire extinguishers. This will ensure the correct fire extinguisher is used in the unfortunate event of a fire.
If you are wondering how to go about fastening your sign to its chosen location, please follow any of the below easy methods:
- If the chosen wall is in good condition with no flaky or blistered paint, then simply use double-sided tape to secure your sign.
- Glue or sealant is a good method, as it fixes to any kind of wall including outdoor walls. Check out this clear silicon from Bunnings.
- Using screws/fixings to fasten your sign to its location is another option, though please ensure they are the correct type for the wall type.
- Be sure to consider the amount of traffic at the location of your sign as damage or vandalism could occur.
- It is not a good idea to install a sign on a door or in a place that could be obstructed by doors or equipment as the sign could be covered and serve no purpose.
- It is essential that everybody in your home, building or workplace knows where to find the onsite fire equipment, and most importantly how to use it.
- In addition to the signage we have mentioned above, your building may require evacuation diagrams. You cannot be too safe when it comes to fires!
See the following articles for more information on the above topics:
If you are still unsure how to install your fire extinguisher charts and signs or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.