Frequently asked questions

How often do I have to have my fire extinguishers inspected and tested?


Routine inspection and service of all portable fire extinguishers must occur at a minimum every six months in accordance with the Australian Standards AS 1851-2012, Clause 10.4




How often do fire blankets need to be inspected?


As with fire extinguishers, fire blankets must be inspected at an interval not exceeding six months and in accordance with the Australian Standards AS 2444. It is recommended the fire blankets are inspected together with fire extinguishers.




Can any fire extinguisher be used on any fire?


No, definetely not. There are different type of extinguishers for different fires, for example: - Class A: Ordinary combustible such as wood; paper; cloth; rubber; grass; coal - Class B: Flammable & Combustible Liquids such as petrol; kerosene; oil; tar; paint; wax - Class C: Flammable Gases such as LPG - petroleum gas; butane gas; propane; acetylene; LNG - liquid natural gas - Class D: Combustible metals such as sodium; potassium; magnesium and aluminium shavings - Class E: Electrical fires. As electricity is not considered a fuel, it can be very dangerous because of potential electric shocks. Carbon Dioxide extinguishers are used on electrical fires - Class F: Cooking oils and fats, such as lard; vegetable oils




Who can inspect fire extinguishers and fire blankets?


It is expected that a building owner, manager or supervisor engage a qualified or competent person to establish the essential safety measures and outline a level of maintenance in accordance with the Australian Standard AS 1851-2012 and the Essentials Safety Measures manual. A competent person who has aquired through training, qualification or experience (or a combination).




What is the correct way of disposing fire extinguishers?


All extinguishers need to be discharged and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Stay Safe Test & Tag Services will dispose expired or faulty extinguishers using the services of accredited outlets.