Fire Extinguishers

Portable fire extinguishers are nominated in the Building Code of Australia to be provided in class 2 to 9 buildings. These fire extinguishers are provided to allow the occupants of a building to attack a fire in its initial stages. All fire extinguishers will be nominated as an essential safety measure by the building surveyor/ building certifier.

Building Code of Australia

The Building Code of Australia nominates AS 2444-2001 Portable fire extinguishers and Fire blankets – selection and location, for the selection, location and distribution of fire extinguishers under a building approval.

The following illustration depicts a fire extinguisher’s location to a significant switchboard.

The following extract is the most pertinent for fire extinguishers installation:

PART E1
FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT

E1.6 Portable fire extinguishers

Portable fire extinguishers must be provided as listed in Table E1.6 and must be selected, located and distributed in accordance with Sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of AS 2444.

The following is a part extract of clause I1.1 for an Essential Safety Measure (as appeared in BCA 2013) known as fire extinguishers:

Table I1.5 SAFETY MEASURES – FIRE FIGHTING SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT

Safety Measures BCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Portable fire extinguishers E1.6

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Fire Extinguishers

Building surveyors/ certifiers will nominate AS 1851-2005 ‘Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment’ as the standard of maintenance for fire extinguishers in their essential safety measures schedule/ determination. To ensure fire safety compliance, the essential safety measures auditor must have a fundamental understanding of AS 1851-2005 to enable to register any deficiencies when performing a fire extinguishers audit. The auditor should record all fire extinguisher deficiencies in the building’s essential safety measures logbook to allow for signing the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate of Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.