Updated: Dec 20, 2021
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
works, dry scrub land areas.
A location sign describing the type of extinguisher needs to
be in close proximity to the extinguisher and state the type of
extinguisher, and what materials it can be used on.
It is important that the extinguisher is not obstructed and is
All fire extinguishers and fire hose reels must have regular maintenance and
• Tests need to be performed at least once every 12 months.
• Every 5 years, there needs to a hydraulic pressure test.
• Results must be recorded and provided to the client
• Plastic tags must be attached and/ or updated.
It is important only trained and competent service technicians complete the
What to look for when inspecting Fire Extinguishers
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