Fire extinguisher sales Melbourne

Melbourne Fire and Electrical supply, maintain and install fire extinguishers right across the Melbourne Metro Area. We would love the opportunity to quote on your 5 yearly pressure test, refills or replacement extinguishers. When choosing an extinguisher its important to know what type of extinguisher you may need.

 

Types of Fire Extinguishers

  • Powder fire extinguishers ABE Powder Fire Extinguishers ABE

Powder fire extinguishers ABE are red with a a white coloured band around the top of the cylinder, are the most widely used type and are suited for fires in the house, boat, garage, car or caravan.

  •  Powder fire extinguishers BE Powder Fire Extinguishers BE

also distinguished by a white coloured band around the cylinder and dischargea fine powder that absorbs fuel molecules, depriving the fire of a fuel source. They are best suited to put out fires in the boat, car or caravan.

  •  Wet chemical fire extinguishers Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers are red with an oatmeal coloured band, these fire extinguishers use an aqueous solution discharged in a fine spray to the surface of Class F fires such as oils and fats.

  • Water fire extinguishers Water Fire Extinguishers

Water Fire Extinguishers are  completely red with no coloured band, while Foam Fire Extinguishers have a blue coloured band. They are effective against Class A fires involving paper, textiles, wood, plastics, rubber.

  • Foam extinguishers Foam Fire Extinguishers

Foam extinguishers are red with a blue band. They are effective against Class A & B fires involving paper, textiles, wood, plastics, rubber, petrol, oil and paints.

  •  Carbon Dioxide CO2 Extinguishers Carbon Dioxide CO2 Fire Extinguishers - CO2 Type Extinguishers - Wormald Australia

Carbon Dioxide CO2 Extinguishers  are red with a black coloured band. They are recommended for use in Class (E) fires involving energised electronic equipment.

 

If you require advice, service, sales or maintenance of your fire extinguishers please give Melbourne Fire and Electrical  a call today on 1300 134 971 or email us at service@melfire.com.au

Fire extinguisher re-fills, repairs and maintenance

Melbourne fire and electrical are able to re-fill, repair and pressure test all low pressure fire extinguishers.

If you require any fire extinguisher maintenance call MFE today for prices and options. P 1300 134 971 or service@melfire.com.au

 

Fire hydrant hydrostatic pressure and flow testing Melbourne

Five year maintenance test

The current Australian Standards AS 2419 & AS 1851, require a 5 yearly test to be undertaken on hydrant systems.

Melbourne Fire and Electrical are proud to announce we are now able to complete the 5 yearly hydrant booster test with our own in house ex fire service booster pump.

Our tests are being completed by our own in house sprinkler tester and operations staff to ensure a high quality service. This means that we will be supplying a licensed fitter for the duration of the test.

We have also invested in the latest in flow testing equipment to ensure our test results are accurate and reliable.

The test comprises the following:

  • Static pressure at the most hydraulically disadvantaged attack hydrant
  • Static pressure at booster
  • Estimated vertical elevation between booster assembly and most hydraulically disadvantaged attack hydrant
  • Number of hydrants installed
  • Water prove all hydrants and tag
  • Number of attack hydrants flow tested at 5 L/s or 10 L/s each
  • Flow rate achieved at required branch pressure at attack hydrants
  • Branch pressure at a flow 5,10,15, 20,etcl/s from each attack hydrant
  • Boost pressure required to achieve 10,20 or higher l/s at 700k Pa from attack hydrants
  • Calculate friction loss of hydrant service pipework & fittings between booster assembly and attack hydrant
  • Flow rate achieved from hydrant booster assembly feed hydrants, to test town main
  • Booster assembly feed hydrant supply pressure greater than 200k Pa
  • Operation of booster assembly isolation valve
  • Hydrostatic test pressure result after 1 hours duration. 1700k Pa minimum required.

If you require a AS1851 4.4.4 five yearly pressure test please give us a call on 1300 134 971 and book your test in!

Maintenance frequencies of fire protection equipment Melbourne

Maintenance Frequencies AS1851.2005 and BCA ( NCC )
From AS1851.2005

Automatic fire sprinkler system – AS1851 section 2

Automatic fire sprinkler systems (wet and dry pipe systems)

  • Automatic sprinkler systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 2 on a monthly basis.
  • Additionally, a log book is required to be placed at the location of the sprinkler in order for the technician to record the results of each inspection, in accordance with AS1851 Section 2.

Delege and water spray systems

  • Wall wetting and drencher systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 2 on a monthly basis.
  • AS1851 section 2.4.7 12 heads or less on a monthly basis.

Fire pump sets – AS1851 section 3

Electric & diesel pumps

  • Fire hydrant booster pumps are inspected in accordance to AS1851 section 3 on a monthly basis.
  • Additionally, in the case of a hydrant booster pump being present, a log book is required in order for the technician to record the results of each weekly inspection, in accordance with maintenance code AS1851 Section 3.

Fire hydrant systems – AS1851 section 4

  • Fire hydrants are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 section 4 on an six (6) monthly basis.
  • Every year unassisted flow test is required.
  • Hydrant boosters, every year unassisted flow test is required. Every five years an assisted flow test & a pressure test is required.

Water storage tanks for fire protection systems – AS1851 section 5

  • Water storage tanks are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 section 5 on a monthly basis.

Fire detection and alarm systems – AS1851 section 6

Automatic fire detection and alarm system

  • Automatic fire detection and alarm systems (panels) are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1670 & AS1851 Section 6 on a monthly basis.
  • Additionally, a log book is required to be placed at the location of the fire indicator panel in order for the technician to record the results of each inspection, in accordance with AS1851 Section 6.

240v Smoke and heat alarms

  • Smoke and heat alarms are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1670 & AS1851 Section 6 on a six (6) monthly basis.

Emergency warning systems

  • Emergency warning systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1670 & AS1851 Section 6 on a monthly basis.

Emergency intercom systems

• Emergency Intercom Systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1670 & AS1851 Section 6 on a yearly basis.

Special hazard systems – AS1851 section 7

  • Special hazard systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1670 & AS1851 Section 7 on a monthly basis.

Delivery lay flat fire hose – AS1851 section 8

  • Delivery lay flat fire hoses are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 section 8 on a yearly basis.

Fire hose reels – AS1851 section 9

  • Fire hose reel systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 section 9 on a six (6) monthly basis.

Portable and wheeled fire extinguishers – AS1851 section 10

  • Portable fire extinguishers are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 10 on a six (6) monthly basis.
  • Additionally, five years pressure testing is required, plus recharging when an extinguisher is discharged. (all pressure testing and certification should be carried out by a licenced cylinder test station see AS2337.1)

Fire blankets – AS1851 section 11

  • Portable fire blankets are inspected in accordance with AS1851 Section 11 on a six (6) monthly basis.

Passive fire and smoke systems  – AS1851 section 12

Fire dampers

  • Fire dampers are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 12 on an three (3) monthly basis.

Fire doors

  • Fire doors are inspected annually and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 12 on a six (6) monthly basis.

Fire walls and barriers / separations

  • Fire walls barriers are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 12 on an a yearly basis.

Fire and smoke control features of mechanical services  – AS1851 section 13

  • Fire and Smoke Control Systems are inspected and tested in accordance with AS1851 Section 13 on an three (3) monthly basis.

Emergency planning in facilities – AS1851 section 14

  • Emergency Planning in Facilties are inspected in accordance with AS1851 Section 14 on a six (6) monthly basis.

Egress, paths of travel, stairways, passageways or ramps

  • Paths of travel for stairways, passageways and ramps are done in accordance to BCA D 2.23 on a yearly basis.

Exit and emergency lighting – AS2293.2

  • Exit and Emergency lights are inspected and tested in accordance with AS2293.2 and AS2293.3 on a six (6) monthly basis.

 

Monthly fire sprinkler testing

Recently we came across this document from the Melbourne City Council in relation to monthly sprinkler testing.

Fire sprinkler fact sheet

We note that should your system meet all of the mentioned criteria on this document you may be able to have your sprinkler system tested monthly, rather than weekly.

Give Melbourne Fire and Electrical a call on 1300 134 971 to discuss your sprinkler testing requirements.

What type of fire extinguisher do I need ?

There are a number of types of portable fire extinguishers available in Australia. Each type of extinguisher may be rated for one or more classes of fire. In some cases, particular extinguishers are not only considered ineffective against certain classes of fire, they can be dangerous if used in those circumstances. Portable fire extinguishers come in a range of sizes and ratings, and the higher the rating, the larger the fire it can be used on. However, larger and heavier extinguishers (which generally have the higher ratings) can be more difficult to handle, especially for persons of a lighter build.

This is where Melbourne Fire And Electrical can assist by ensuring you choose the correct unit for your needs.

There are several classes of fire :

  • Class A Ordinary Combustibles
  • Class B Flammable and combustible liquids
  • Class C Flammable gases
  • Class D Combustible metals
  • Class E Electrically energised equipment
  • Class F Cooking oils and fats

Portable fire extinguishers are distinguishable by their labels and their colouring. In 1999 the standard colours of some portable fire extinguishers were changed. It is therefore likely that you may encounter two of the same type of extinguisher with different colourings.

The most common types of extinguishers are:

  • Water – solid red

Suitable for Class A fires. Not considered effective for Class B and Class C fires, and dangerous if used for electrically energised equipment or cooking oils or fats.

  • Foam – red with blue band or label (previously solid blue)

Suitable for Class A and Class B fires, with limited effectiveness for Class F fires. Not considered effective for Class C fires, and dangerous if used for electrically energised equipment.

  • Powder – red with a white band or label

These extinguishers are rated as either ABE or BE. ABE rated extinguishers are considered suitable for Class A, Class B, Class C and Class E fires. They are not considered effective for Class F fires. BE rated extinguishers are considered suitable for Class B, Class C and Class E fires, and may be used with limited effectiveness on Class F fire

  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) – Red with a black band or label

Suitable for Class E fires. Has limited effectiveness on Class A, Class B and Class F fires.

  • Vaporising Liquid – Red with Yellow band or label

Suitable for Class A and Class E fires. Has limited effectiveness on Class B fires. Not considered effective for Class F fires.

  • Wet Chemical – Red with an Oatmeal band or label (previously oatmeal colour)

Suitable on Class F fires and may be used on Class A fires. Not considered effective for Class B or Class C fires and dangerous if used on Class E fires.

  • Class D fires require special purpose extinguishers.

Older types of extinguishers may still be encountered. These include reversible soda acid and foam type extinguishers together with halon 1211 (BCF) type. Halon 1211 has been found to be an ozone depleting substance. Unless special exemptions have been obtained, BCF extinguishers have been banned and should be returned to a fire protection supplier or the fire brigade as soon as possible.

Source: GL16 – MFB guide to fire extinguishers

 

Apartment fire Preston Melbourne

We noticed this on the news today.

Raging fire causes $250,000 damage to two apartments

Its great to see that the automatic fire alarms work according to the early news reports.

Its a big reminder to maintain your fire services to AS1851 and ensure that your contractors are keeping on top of your fire maintenance requirements.

How can Melbourne Fire and Electrical help? If you have any questions relating to fire safety in apartment blocks give us a call today on 1300 134 971 and chat about your requirements.

Fire extinguisher AS1851.2005

This is a question we often get asked.

Hi Fiona,

Am I able to leave the Level 4 test of my fire extinguishers for another 6 / 12 months ? I don’t see the point in getting this done.

Cheers,

Tony

Answer from Melbourne Fire and Electrical

Hi Tony,

Thanks for the question. In Victoria, AS1851.2005 was adopted as the maintenance standards for extinguishers in all buildings in Victoria.  The short answer to your question, about whether you need to undertake a 5 yearly pressure test, is YES.

AS1851 requires a Level 4 inspection every 5 years. Essentially the extinguisher is pressure tested to ensure the extinguisher is in tact and operational. All of the un-inspectable components are pulled out, tested and inspected. 

Also bear in mind that extinguishers are required to be installed in accordance with AS2444.2001, AS1940.2004 (when flammable or combustible liquids are stored) and AS1596-2008 (when LPG gas is stored). This configuration does not exclude the responsibilities that you would have under the requirements of the MFB under GL16.

Can MFE help?

MFE can arrange for your extinguishers to be taken off site and pressure tested and returned as good as new. We have a huge selection of temporary extinguishers in our workshop to replace your unit while it is being test. We also have a fully stocked workshop to pressure test, repair and maintain your extinguishers.

Please give us a call today if you are located in the CBD, inner suburbs, Western or Northern Melbourne suburbs. We would love to chat about your Level 4 extinguisher inspections or replacement needs.