Portable non-aerosol fire extinguishers

The mandatory standard prescribes requirements for cylinder construction, performance testing and identification colours for fire extinguishers.

About portable non-aerosol fire extinguishers

This mandatory standard applies to fire extinguishers that contain chemicals which can be discharged in a rapid stream to extinguish different types of small fires. These chemicals include:

  • water
  • wet-chemical
  • foam or powder

Portable fire extinguishers can be rechargeable or non-rechargeable.

The mandatory standard prescribes requirements for cylinder construction, performance testing and identification colours.

Mandatory standard

Consumer Protection Notice No. 3 of 2004 sets out requirements for portable fire extinguishers.

The mandatory standard is based on certain sections of the voluntary Australian New Zealand AS/NZS 1841:1997 Portable fire extinguishers. There are several parts to this Australian New Zealand standard and the one that will be relevant for your product depends on the type of chemical used in the portable fire extinguisher. AS/NZS 1841:1997 is available from SAI Global.

You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.

Key requirements

These requirements aim to give suppliers a general idea of what is required by the mandatory standard. Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.

Materials and construction design

Cylinder construction

  • Anti-corrosion treatment.
  • Stability.

Performance test requirements

  • Effective discharge.
  • Fire rating.

Identification colours

Identification colours for type of extinguishment.

Testing

The mandatory standard specifies testing to ensure portable non-aerosol fire extinguishers meet the requirements for:

  • materials and construction design
  • performance test requirements
  • identification colours.

It is recommended that suppliers organise testing through specialist laboratories with the right skills, experience and equipment to ensure fire extinguishers comply with the mandatory standard.