The mandatory standard prescribes requirements for cylinder construction, performance testing and identification colours for 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:
- 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.
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.
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
- Anti-corrosion treatment.
Performance test requirements
- Effective discharge.
- Fire rating.
Identification colours for type of extinguishment.
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.
We are currently reviewing the mandatory standard for portable non-aerosol fire extinguishers.
A consultation paper has been published on the ACCC's consultation hub. The consultation is open from 20 September and closes on 18 October 2019.