Do you have a white fire extinguisher?

Wondering what it is for? How it works? What it does?

Today, we will be revealing all the secrets of the white labelled fire extinguisher. For more information about all the different types of fire extinguisher, check out our other blog post.
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Facts about the White Fire Extinguisher

  • The white band on the outside of the fire extinguisher is a label that tells us that there is dry powder (or dry chemical) inside.
  • This type of extinguisher comes in two varieties – ABE & BE
  • This is one of the most popular variety of extinguishers because it is suitable for use on many different types of fires.
  • The white extinguisher comes in a variety of sizes including: 2.1kg, 2.7kg, 4.5kg and 9.0kg models. There are also some 4.5kg high performance ABE fire extinguishers.

ABE White Extinguisher

  • This type contains a dry chemical that can put out class A, B, C, and E fires. That is fires that involve wood, paper, or plastic; flammable and combustible liquids; flammable gasses, and energised electrical equipment.

BE White Extinguisher

  • This type of white fire extinguisher contains a dry chemical that can put out class B, C, E, and F fires. That is fires that involve flammable and combustible liquids, flammable gasses, energised electrical equipment, and cooking oils and fats.
  • Fires need three components to thrive. That is heat, oxygen, and fuel. When you use a dry powder extinguisher, it puts out the fire by coating it with a layer of mainly (monoammonium phosphate) and that limits the supply of oxygen to the fuel of the fire. This type of power contains chemicals that interfere with a fire on a chemical level.
  • This type of extinguisher is ideal for both domestic and industrial environments. You can find them installed in buildings on walls and in mounted cabinets.

Maintaining your White Fire Extinguisher

All types of fire extinguishers need to be inspected and tested regularly to ensure that they are safe to use. This includes the white powder extinguisher.

In New Zealand, we test and tag fire extinguishers according to the AS/NZS 3670:2010 standard for the in-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment.

Under this standard, you need to have your extinguisher inspected at least once every 12 months. It could be more or less frequent depending on the nature of your environment.

It is important that your inspection team is familiar with all the different types of extinguishers. You may need a refill or a top up and the right contents need to be administered.

At Jim’s Fire Safety, our technicians are highly trained and experienced with all the different types of extinguishers. To have your white extinguisher maintained, call us now or fill in the online form for a free quote.