Fire Extinguisher Chart & Guide

Fire Extinguisher Chart & Guide

Range of Extinguishers for A, B, C, E, F Fires (wet chemical, powder, foam, water, CO2)


Fire extinguishers used in Australia are based on fire type, with six Classes of Fire:

Class A: Combustible Materials Caused by flammable solids, such as wood, paper, fabric or plastic
Class B: Flammable & Combustible Liquids Such as petrol, turpentine or paint
Class C: Flammable Gases Like hydrogen, butane or methane
Class D: Combustible Metals Chemicals such as magnesium, aluminium or potassium
Electrical:  Electrical Equipment Note, once the electrical item is removed, the fire changes class
Class F: Cooking Oils/Fats For oil/fat fires in saucepan. Typically a chip-pan fire

It is essential that the right type of fire extinguisher be installed based on the requirements of the home or workplace, noting that there is no one extinguisher type which works on all classes of fire.

There are six main types of extinguisher which put out fires, depending on the types of fuel involved, which are water, wet chemical, foam, powder (BE or ABE)  and carbon dioxide (CO2).  So managing the fire risk in your home or your workplace is based on the type of fuel involved, and deciding on the relevant fire extinguisher type(s) required.

The quick reference chart provides a summary of the classes of fire, and the types of extinguisher which should be used.

Additional information


ABE, BE, CO2, Air/Water, Foam, Wet Chemical


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