Have you ever put out a fire with a fire extinguisher? I have. It was back in 2005 and I had to extinguish a small fire with a fire extinguisher as part of a work OHS exercise. It was quite thrilling to tell you the truth. I felt a wave of power come over me as I pulled the handle and swept the fire extinguisher from side to side until finally, the fire took it’s last breath and returned to it’s realm. Maybe it has something to do with men and fire, I don’t know, but what I do know is that fire extinguishers are extremely important tools that save lives. Whether you’re at the office, at home, or in the car, fire extinguishers can turn a potentially life-threatening situation into a mediocre one within a few seconds. Luckily I’ve never had to use a fire extinguisher in real life, but I’m glad I know how.
The price of fire extinguishers are tiny when compared with the cost of losing a home, losing an office, or even losing a life. These days, fire extinguishers are very affordable, and this article will give you an overview of the different types of fire extinguishers and their applications, along with the fire extinguisher price. To begin with, it’s important to understand the classes of fires so you know which fire extinguisher to use if you’re stuck in the unfortunate situation of having to extinguish one.
Class A – Common combustible materials such as wood, paper, and cloth
Class B – Flammable and combustible liquids and gases such as petroleum, kerosene, and oil
Class C – Combustible gases such as LPG, butane, and propane
Class D – Combustible metals which are usually found in scientific laboratories such as sodium
Electrical Fires – Live electrical equipment such as computers, cables and toasters
Class F – Cooking oils and fats such as vegetable oils and lard
Let’s take a look at the different types of fire extinguishers available, which fires they are suitable for, as well as the general pricing for each fire extinguisher.
ABE Powder Fire Extinguishers – $22 for 1 Kg
Powder fire extinguishers are very versatile and can be used on the most common types of fire classes, A, B, and E. You can also use this fire extinguisher on electrical equipment, however it will damage all of the electrical components. It’s not advised to use these fire extinguishers in confined places as they can affect your visibility and cause breathing problems.
C02 Fire Extinguishers – $152 for 2 Kg
Carbon Dioxide fire extinguishers are very effective for electrical fires involving computer equipment due its clean agent that leaves no residue. These fire extinguishers will cause no harm to electrical components, and they are also effective on small Class B fires.
Water Fire Extinguishers – $152 for 9 Kg
Water fire extinguishers are effective for Class A fires that involve combustible materials such as wood, paper, and textiles. It’s important to note that you should never use a Water fire extinguisher on fires involving electrical equipment.
Foam Fire Extinguishers – $163 for 9L
Foam fire extinguishers are effective for Class A and B fires that involve combustible materials or liquids, such as petroleum, oil, paints, and wax, and extinguish the fire by removing the oxygen from the fire by covering it with foam. Please note: Do not use Foam fire extinguishers on electrical fires.
Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers – $135 for 2L
Wet Chemical fire extinguishers are effective for Class F fires involving cooking oils and fats. These types of fire extinguishers are often recommended to have in the kitchen at home, and are also slightly effective for Class A fires. No other fire extinguishers are effective against cooking oils and fats.
As you can see, the prices of fire extinguishers are certainly affordable, especially when compared to the potential consequences. If your employers haven’t installed any fire extinguishers at your workplace, you must inform them immediately and refer them to the appropriate bodies. While your employers are responsible for your safety at the workplace, this article aims to provide a brief overview of what type of fire extinguishers are suitable for your home and car. For a couple of hundred dollars, you can sleep well at night knowing that you and your family are protected if a fire does ignite. For a wide range of fire extinguishers at affordable prices, contact King Fire Protection Services on 1300 344 966, or alternatively visit their website for further information: https://www.kingfire.com.au