Fire Extinguishers



A first line of defence from fire, extinguishers and fire blankets are used to extinguish or control small fires. Fire extinguishers and blankets require regular inspection to ensure correct and reliable function in the event of a fire.

Fire Safe ANZ installs and services all fire extinguishers and blankets to AS2444 & AS1851.

Different fires require different types of extinguishers; please download a Fire Extinguisher Chart here.

How do you test a Fire Extinguisher?

Australian Standard dictates that fire extinguishers must be inspected every 6 months. The following steps must be taken when testing a fire extinguisher:

  • Check that there is nothing obstructing the extinguisher (boxes, shelving etc.) and that it is in a suitable location for access and coverage
  • Ensure it has the correct signage identifying the contents of the extinguisher and a location sign
  • Check that the bracket holding the extinguisher to the wall is secure
  • Make sure that the “pull pin” is in place and secure and that the anti-tamper device has not been broken or removed
  • Examine the extinguisher for any physical damage, corrosion, leaks, broken handle or a blocked/damage nozzle
  • Check the pressure gauge indicator is in the correct operational range (in the green)
  • Weigh the extinguisher to make sure it is still full. If it is a powder extinguisher turn it upside down and listen to make sure the powder is still loose and has not solidified
  • Check the extinguisher is still in date (5 years from the date of manufacture)
  • Stamp the maintenance tag in the month of testing.

Frequently encountered faults include

  • Corrosion
  • Broken handles or triggers
  • Overdue pressure test (five years)
  • Defective parts
  • Incorrect signage
  • Low pressure
  • Tampered with

Testing frequency: 6 monthly

View our fire extinguisher training services here