Or, how far the nearest fire extinguisher is from the fire hazard. The guidelines are given under AS2444 and state that the distance varies between 15m and 40m depending on the nature of the fire risk. So, for Class A fire risks where there is no fire sprinkler system, the Australian standard specifies 15m as the maximum. In an office situation where the risk is an electrical fire from computers or photocopiers, the maximum distance is 40m. The number of fire extinguishers needed is also influenced by the square area to be protected. For class B fires it depends on the risk, the area to be covered and the rating of the extinguisher. These calculations can get complicated and it is recommended to get a suitably qualified person to determine the number, type and placement of fire extinguishers. Our fire service team can do this assessment for you.