Fire Extinguishers

Understanding your Need for Newcastle Fire Extinguishers

Having Newcastle fire extinguishers handy can save property from significant damage and may even avert a probable tragedy. Knowing which ones to choose is crucial for effective fire safety. Below is a quick guide to fire classes and to the different types of fire extinguishers available in Australia.

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Classes of fire

Class A – Combustible material

Class B – Flammable, combustible liquids

Class C – Flammable gases

Class D – Combustible metals

Class E – Electrical equipment

Class F – Cooking oils and fats


A water extinguisher is best suited for Class A fires. They are ineffective against fires caused by flammable gases and liquids (Class B and Class C). Additionally, they can worsen fires caused by electrical equipment or cooking oils and fats. Solid red is the colour coding for water extinguishers.

Distinguished by its red container and blue banding of labelling, a foam extinguisher works best in controlling Class A and Class B fires. They have some effect on Class F fires (cooking oils and fats) and are best avoided when dealing with Class E (electrical equipment).

Dry Powder
Red with white banding or labelling, dry powder fire extinguishers come in different ratings, indicating the types of fires they can control or extinguish. ABE dry powder extinguishers can manage Class A, Class B, Class C, and Class E fires. BE dry powder extinguishers control Class B, Class C, and Class E fires. ABE extinguishers are not recommended for fires from cooking oils and fats, while BE extinguishers have some limited effectiveness.

Identified by a red container with black banding or labelling, CO2, or carbon dioxide, fire extinguishers are ideal for Class E fires. They don’t leave any residue and are not conducive, so they don’t damage electrical equipment. These extinguishers also have some effectiveness with fires originating from combustible materials, flammable liquids, and burning oils and fats.

Vaporising Liquid
Ideal for Class A and Class E fires, vaporising liquid fire extinguishers are indicated by yellow banding or labelling on a red container. Avoid use when cooking oils and fats are a fire’s source of origin.

Wet Chemical
Red with oatmeal banding or labelling, a wet chemical extinguisher is best for dealing with cooking oils and fats fires. You may also use them for ordinary fires. Avoid any contact with Class E fires, since the combination is a dangerous mix.

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