Fire Extinguisher Testing In Brisbane

September 16, 2021


You need to act quickly in the event of a fire and ensure you have the appropriate equipment at hand. If a fire does break out, one of the first lines of defence will be a fire extinguisher. They can extinguish fires before they take hold and get out of control and help avoid serious damage and life-threatening situations.

Like all fire safety equipment, fire extinguishers need to be regularly tested and maintained. You need to be able to rely on them in emergencies, so ensuring they are in working order is essential. Not only do you need to have the right extinguishers installed in the right locations, but you also need to know how to operate them correctly.

There is a lot involved, so it’s understandable that some business owners in Brisbane are uncertain about their fire safety obligations. That’s where we come in.

We take fire safety very seriously. It’s important to us and for you to understand your requirements. This will not only create the safest possible working environment but it also ensures peace of mind.

At Brisbane Fire Services, we can help you:

  • Identify potential hazards in your building
  • Maintain and service essential fire safety equipment, like fire extinguishers
  • Prevent workplace fires
  • Prevent injuries
  • Give you peace of mind
  • Keep you compliant with Australian Standards and regulations

Fire extinguisher testing regulations

As per Australian Standard 1851-2012, extinguishers are required to be serviced every six (6) months and pressure tested at 5 year periods on all types of extinguishers.

There are different types of fire extinguishers, each designed for extinguishing fires coming from different sources. It’s important to have the correct extinguisher for the type of fire that arises. If you use the wrong one, it can actually increase the fire, rather than douse it. This will put yourself and others in danger.

Fire extinguishers are essential to control the spread of fires and are required by Queensland law to be installed in workplaces. A fire safety specialist will be able to assess your building and advise you on the right types of extinguishers to have and where to position them. They will also be able to carry out periodic testing and maintenance to ensure your business is compliant.

Using a fire extinguisher

While you hope to never have to use a fire extinguisher, it’s important to know how to use them correctly. As part of our services, we offer training for you and your business, including First Response (First Attack) Fire Training, General Occupant Training, Site Evacuation Exercises, Emergency Procedures, Manuals and Plans, and Fire Safety Adviser (FSA) Representation.

These courses will prepare you to handle fire emergencies and keep your business compliant with safety standards.

In line with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, you should only use a fire extinguisher if:

  • You know that the extinguisher is suitable for use on the flammable materials involved in the fire
  • You have considered whether electricity is possibly involved and, if so, that the available extinguishing agent is non-conducting
  • You can extinguish the fire quickly
  • You are not putting your safety at risk by staying in the vicinity of the fire, and
  • All other persons have been evacuated from the area

Further training will show you the precise way to respond to a fire event and how to use an extinguisher correctly.

Find out more about our training courses by talking to our friendly team here.

Brisbane fire extinguisher testing professionals

Do you know what your compliance obligations are? Not many people do, and that’s why it’s important to have someone in the know looking after it for you. Brisbane Fire Services are experts in fire safety and fully Queensland Building and Construction Commission accredited.

Compliance in workplaces and businesses is crucial. If you’re not compliant, you can get hit with some big fines, not to mention you’ll be putting yourself and others at risk. That’s why it is important to have your extinguishers and other fire equipment maintained by a professional service. They will be able to handle everything for you, including managing your testing schedule so you don’t have to keep track of it.

Our team specialise in supplying, installing and servicing a wide range of fire extinguishers, fire hydrants and hose reels, emergency and exit lighting, and fire detection and alarm systems for commercial businesses across Brisbane.

If your fire equipment needs servicing or if you’re unsure that you’re currently up to standard, get in touch with our team today to discuss your needs and arrange an inspection.

Don’t wait until it is too late! Fires are life-threatening and can quickly damage your property. Being prepared and following fire extinguisher compliance should be your number one priority.



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