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Portable Fire Extinguisher

A portable fire extinguisher also known as a portable non-aerosol fire extinguisherAustralian Competition & Consumer Commission ("ACCC") or hand-held fire extinguisherConfederation of Australian Motor Sport Australia Manual, Technical Appendix, Schedule H – Fire Extinguishers (07/09/2022) is an appliance and type of fire extinguisher that contains a liquid, gas or chemical agent and a propellant that may be rechargeable or non-rechargeable to control or extinguish a small fire. The control or extinguishment of a fire is achieved by discharging and directing the agent at the seat of a small fire.

A portable fire extinguisher by its nature is designed to be transported (carried) by a person from its storage location to a small fire and operated manually by hand. The design capacity of a portable fire extinguisher has a gross mass of not greater than 23 kgAS 2444:2001, Clause 1.4.8.


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