Today, whether it is a workplace or a residential area, safety is everyone’s right. Providing a safe and secure work environment for employees and visitors is an obligation that every business must adhere to while having a safe residential property means securing your dear ones. A fire can have a disastrous impact on anybody unfortunate enough to be near it. Flames and heat from a fire can cause severe harm – breathing the hot air from the fire can kill the person immediately and the flames can cause life-threatening burns on the body. There are many other aspects of fires that can cause a great deal of damage to life and property and therefore fire protection equipment is a must. Fire safety is a crucial responsibility and to ensure it, it is vital to have adequate fire protection solutions in place. Today, there are various fire safety and protection accessories like fire extinguishers, fire hose reel and hydrant, fire sprinkler system and fire pump, fire blanket, fire indicator panel, exit and emergency lighting, safety gears, emergency information box, first aid kit and spill kits.
A fire extinguisher is a pressurised device that releases chemical or water to fight small fires. They are the best tools for controlling and extinguishing small fires and with proper training can be used by all. Additionally, this type of equipment also helps in clearing the path for people to exit the premises in case of large fire situations. Today in Australia, we have six classes of fire and based on these classes different types of fire extinguishers can be used for controlling the fire. The common types of fire extinguishers are as follows:
Australian Standards for Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers must be maintained in order to comply with various state and federal government standards. Fire extinguishers do not have an expiration date but several key standards must be adhered to comply with the guidelines. According to Australian Workplace Safety standards, portable fire equipment is required to be regularly inspected, tested and serviced by an accredited professional. The guidelines in the Australian Standard AS 1851 Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment (www.standards.org.au) are as follows
All business and property owners are required to comply with the standards under penalty of law. The business owners and property owners should ensure an adequate number of fire extinguishers and safety equipment is available as well as reliable escape routes should certain exits be blocked. It is also important to read the AS1851-2012 to make sure compliance is absolute or there could be some hefty fines to deal with.
At Victorian Fire Protection, we not only offer fire extinguishers but also fire extinguisher services. We ensure proper placement, installation, maintenance and repair of fire extinguishers according to Australian standards including AS 3676, AS 4353, AS 2444, AS 1851 and AS 1850. We also offer fire warden and fire equipment training. Our fire training course complies with the Australian Standard 3745 Emergency Control Organizations. Our nationally accredited fire warden training program would equip the members with the required skills to safely evacuate your workplace and use fire extinguishers. This training would ensure that all your employees are ready to deal with emergency fire situations. To connect with us via a telephone call us on 1300 974 877 or visit At https://www.vfp.com.au/ for further information.