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Fire Extinguisher

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

Fire Extinguishers
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Fire extinguishers provide people with a first line of defense in extinguishing small fires. Research shows that 80% of all fires in commercial premises are successfully extinguished in the early stages by the public. 90% of these fires were extinguished using a fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers should only be used when it is safe to do so, e.g. the fire is no large than a waste paper basket or pot on a stove. Always ensure a safe path of escape is available and call Fire and Emergency on 111

Types of Extinguishers

Not all fires are the same so there are different types of fire extinguishers.

The table below outlines the types of extinguishers and when they are

recommended. For more information on fire extinguishers talk to your

distributor or refer to NZS 4503:2005


It is highly recommended that every business have fire

extinguishers available, especially in areas where fire risks

are a high risk, such as cooking areas, welding, other hot