Fire extinguishers and hose reels are the first line of defence and their correct use can significantly reduce the damage caused by a fire.

Do You Need
Fire Extinguishers
or Fire Hose Reels?

 

We would recommend the installation of fire extinguishers or fire hose reels in most commercial, industrial and public buildings as they can be used by the occupants as a first response to a small developing fire.

Using Fire
Hose Reels

 

  • Ensure that you have a clear egress between you and the nearest exit door.
  • Turn on the stop valve.
  • Run out the length of hose as required.
  • Turn on the water at the nozzle and direct the stream at the base of the fire.

Do You Need
Training?

 

It is critical that your staff are trained in the correct use of fire extinguishers and fire hose reels to ensure that they use them effectively and without placing themselves at risk. It is also a requirement of the Occupational Health and Safety and the Fire Safety and Evacuation of Buildings Regulations that your staff are trained.

Using Fire
Extinguishers

 

  • Ensure that you have the correct type of extinguisher (See the Extinguisher Type Chart).
  • Ensure that you have a clear egress between you and the nearest exit door.
  • Pull the pin and test the extinguisher before approaching the fire.
  • Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the operating handle to operate the extinguisher.
  • Sweep the extinguisher from side to side to cover the entire base of the fire.

Maintenance
and Inspection

 

It is important and a requirement of NZS4503, that fire extinguishers and fire hose reels are inspected and maintained on a regular basis to ensure that they are in good working order when they are needed.

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Argus Fire Protection is able to offer a maintenance and testing program to care for your fire extinguishers, fire hose reels and other fire protection systems to ensure that they are in good working order and that they are maintained in compliance with the relevant regulations, codes and standards.

What Type of
Extinguisher
Do You Need?

 

Click here to download the Extinguisher Type Chart