What size fire extinguisher should you have in your commercial vehicle?
Posted on January 6th, 2016
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
“For 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.