The Meaning Of Co-lours Used In Fire Extinguisher

Various fire extinguisher color codes are being used in Europe, Australia, and America. There are also variations within each geographical location. For example, some of the elderly extinguishers still use different color codes.

Colour coding changed in 1997 in Europe due to the introduction of BS EN 3. Before BS EN 3 strong colors were utilized, but BS EN 3 uses colored bands as a substitute.

Throughout Australia yellowish halon extinguishers are contrary to the law, to own or to use. An exception to this is when an essential use exemption was granted.

There is no formal standard in America for extinguisher colors, they normally use color-coded geometric shapes and pictograms showing the types of fires that the extinguisher is accepted for use for. See a different selection of Fire Extinguisher Layout Design (which is also known as “การออกแบบเค้าโครงไฟดับเพลิง” in the Thai language) via visiting online websites.




Given the many variations in fire extinguisher colors, what follows is the hottest convention for modern-day fire extinguisher colors/pictograms in every geographical location.

Fire Extinguisher Colours in Europe

Water – strong red
Foam – red along with a cream panel
Dry powder – red with a blue panel
Carbon dioxide – red together with a black panel
Wet chemical – red along with a yellow panel
Course D powder – red along with a blue panel
Halon – (no more used)
Fire Extinguisher Colours in Australia

Water – strong red
Foam – red along with a blue ring
Dry powder – red along with a white ring
Co2 – red with a black ring
Vaporising liquid – red together with a yellow ring
Halon – (no longer made)
Wet chemical – red with an oatmeal ring
Fire Extinguisher Colours in the USA

Geometric Representations

Regular solid combustibles – green triangle
Flammable liquids and gasses – red square
Energised electric hardware – blue ring
Flammable metals – yellowish star
Cooking fats and oils – black hexagon

Regular solid combustibles – waste can and timber stack burning
Flammable liquids and gasses – gas container and draining puddle
Energised electrical devices – power plug and burning electrical outlet
Combustible metals – burning equipment and bearing
Cooking oils and fats – pan burning

When picking the suitable unit for any given scenario the color coding was made to make the many kinds of extinguisher simple to identify.

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