What size fire extinguisher should you have in your commercial vehicle?

This is a commonly asked question and the answer is very easy to find, when you know where to look.

Australian Standard 2444-2001 – Section 5

Selection and Distribution of Portable Fire Extinguishers in vehicles and small craft.

5.4 Selection Factors

Paragraph two states the following

β€œFor commercial vehicles, considerations shall be given to the type of vehicle, the cargo being carried and the requirements of the regulatory authority. Every fire extinguisher for use in a commercial vehicle shall be of a type fitted with a hose to assist in gaining access to awkward locations.”

Table 5.1 of the Australian Standards says that Passenger-carrying vehicles should have an extinguisher fitted that has a minimum rating and classification of 2A:20B (fitted with hose)

Make sure you consider the risk you are covering when selecting a fire extinguisher for your vehicle so that you comply with the Standard and also so that you have the right equipment to do the job.

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