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Fire Extinguisher 1kg $16.99, Fire Blanket $6.99 @ ALDI (Fire Extinguisher 1kg $16.89, Fire Blanket $6.94 @ Bunnings)

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Fire Extinguisher 1kg $16.99

  • Suitable for the home, workshop, caravan or boat
  • Quality brass valve and metal handle
  • High quality ABE powder
  • 5 year Warranty

Fire Blanket 1m x 1m $6.99

  • Ideal for stovetop and kitchen fires involving cooking oils
  • Clothing fires
  • Boat or Caravan Protection
  • 5 year Warranty

ALDI 60 Day Satisfaction guarantee


Fire Sentry 1kg Fire Extinguisher Dry Powder $16.89

Dry powder extinguishers can help you save lives and preserve property by empowering you to put out or at least contain fires. With a 2A:10B:E classification, this extinguisher is designed to tackle combustible materials such as wood and paper, cloth, rubber, most plastics and fabrics, flammable liquids like petrol, kerosene and oils, plus electrical equipment such as appliances, electronics and wiring. Compliant with Australian and New Zealand standard AS/NZ1841.5, this extinguisher’s heavy-duty, all-metal valve means it is built to last, backed with a 5-year warranty.

  • Complies to Australian and New Zealand standard AS/NZ1841.5.
  • Heavy-duty, all-metal valve and durable, corrosion-resistant handle.
  • Easy-to-read pressure guage.
  • Mounting bracket for wall and vehicle.
  • 5 year warranty.

Fire Pro 1m x 1m Fire Blanket $6.94

FirePro's 1m x 1m high performance fire distinguishing blanket is made of glass fibre. The fire blanket is made with fibre drill fabric, made of a kind of specially treated glass fibre, which is smooth, soft, with high density and without any irritation to skin. It is the best protective material for humans or any object, which require protection from high heat.

  • Suitable for Cooking and Clothing Fires
  • Certified to AS/NZS 3504
  • Made from Glass Fibre

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Comments

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    Which is better, or comparable? Aldi vs Bunnings

    • +2 votes

      Aldi stuff is generally higher quality

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        Really? See the comment below re the ALDI extinguisher not working. I've had bad experiences with electronics and returns with ALDI but maybe I was just unlucky. Given a like for like choice I'd rather keep as much of my money flowing around the Australian economy as possible too.

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          I've also had terrible experiences with Aldi electronics.

          Still go there for the food though. If you're looking to save money, K-Mart generally beats Aldi on price, perhaps not on quality, though?

    • +8 votes

      You might be better off with warranty at Bunnings. As a faulty item could generally be replaced in one visit, while Aldi will give you a refund but then you'll have to find a replacement elsewhere at a different price, or wait until they bring back the stock.

      Edit: As Aldi keeps Bunnings prices in check, and this product really isn't a warranty-issues type, best support Aldi here.

    • +5 votes

      Bunnings reduced their price because of Aldi… so my vote is for Aldi…

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    Bunnings prices are current, are they normally dearer?

  • +2 votes

    Thanks you just reminded me I should pick up a fire blanket or two.

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    Would these be okay in a car?

    • +8 votes

      Should be fine I guess if you have a stovetop in a car

      Ideal for stovetop and kitchen fires involving cooking oils

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      Absolutely! That being said… you'd want to get it early and just pray it doesn't have an active fuel source. Electrical you'd have a damn good chance but if it's burning oil in the sump or down the petrol line… better than nothing though!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qvo-l53u7E (Non-active fuel for that one, hence why it was out so quick).

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        No problems putting out an oil fire in your car with a small dry powder extinguisher.

        I had the transmission oil line burst next to the exhaust extractors while driving once. Oil burns slowly and with a lot of smoke, so I saw the cloud behind my car, pulled over, and put it out easily. Was still finding powder in the engine bay 6 months later.

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          What car model?

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            @Fobsessive: It was a VX Commodore. I had put an aftermarket transmission oil cooler on the car due to me doing some towing. It was actually the joint that failed, where the mechanic had joined the new likes with the old ones.

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          LUCKY! I've known people who cannot get an oil fire out no matter what. Just keeps slowly burning. Although I guess transmission fluid and engine oil would be pretty different as a fuel source.

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            @kronicmacstigator: I got to it pretty early.

            All I had to do was replace the line, and change all the plastic on that side of the engine. Only cost a few hundred to get it done at the mechanic.

            Biggest job was cleaning all the fluid out.

            I was lucky in the fact that I was only about 500m from joining the highway. The road I was on I could pull over pretty much anywhere.

    • +1 vote

      They would be suitable. Bunnings one lists cars. SCA has one for $10 for club members.

    • +12 votes

      I asked the guy that maintains our business fire equipment. He said they are better than nothing but as they're only good for about 7 seconds be quick and precise in using them. Also (he said) once every six months hold them upside down and give them a couple of taps on the bottom with a rubber mallet (stops the powder becoming solid in the bottom), and check the pressure is still good by visually checking the gauge and expiry date.

  • +6 votes

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say unlike power tools, warranty isn't really a concern for this unless it's pretty much DOA. So on that note, try and support Aldi on this one.

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      Depends on which is closer.

      • +8 votes

        True but I think dufflovers point is that ALDI is the only competition it has and if it wasn't for them bringing competition to the market with their random bits and bobs….Bunnings would keep their monopoly.

  • +2 votes

    When we used to have annual fire training at work the guy running it recommended having fire blankets at home, because they're good for extinguishing small fires of any type quickly by smothering it so it can't get oxygen, as well as being quite cheap. I got mine from Aldi a few years ago but have thankfully not needed to use one. With the extinguishers you need to be sure you're using the right one for the type of fire or you'll make it worse.

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      Thanks - good point!

      We have a 1kg fire extinguisher in the kitchen and I was going to buy a 2kg version for the garage. I think I'll get the fire blanket for the kitchen and move the fire extinguisher to the garage.

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      Just buy the right one for the room, it should suit everything in a house fire situation.

  • +13 votes

    Might get a fire blanket should i sleep with a lady with a smoking body

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      Gotta pay that one

      For laughs I tested last years extinguisher today outside and then threw it away

      Lots of high speed powder. Luckily it's windy outside.

      Because Aldi, I had two spares; as we were.

      • +4 votes

        Old extinguishers are great for showing kids how to use one properly.

        Also for making the dog look like a cocaine addict when he runs into the powder.

    • +1 vote

      You'll sure put out the fire in her loins if you cover her with a itchy fibreglass blanket.

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      I think you'll want "blankets" from the chemist not Aldi.

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      LMAO! It might get her out of the hot pants.

  • +7 votes

    An experienced fire trainer said to buy an extinguisher with a hose for cars, that most common use was sneaking hose under bonnet or under engine and the hose can get in and at correct angle to deliver the powder better keeping you safer and more likely to put out a fire.

    He preferred the hose type for most other applications as it lets you get the right sweeping motion on the base of a fire. The common cheaper ones with just a spout are not as good, but better than nothing.

    As others have said, check extinguishers 6 monthly, check gague, turn upside down and tap base with rubber mallet to keep powder loose, dust it off etc.

    If you haven't been lucky enough to get fire training through your workplace, look on YouTube for basic training on using a fire blanket, types of fire extinguishers, how to use them, and best techniques to put out fires. It's really common to point extinguisher at scary top of flames but useless, you need to point at base and sweep to smother fire at its source. Also take notice of the safety warnings and don't put yourself in more danger.

    • +2 votes

      turn upside down and tap base with rubber mallet to keep powder loose

      Looks like that's a myth.

      Here's a fire extinguisher manufacturer's website, and "Myth #01" on their "Common Myths" page is "Stored-Pressure Extinguishers compact the dry chemical." https://www.amerex-fire.com/resources/common-myths/

      The website has a lot of information - turns out it can be true for fire extinguishers which aren't the stored-pressure type.

      I found that website from this discussion, which has a lot of information, particularly comment #25:
      https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=829547

      I agree with the rest of your points.

      The biggest thing I learned from fire extinguisher training was the correct operating range of a hand-held fire extinguisher. You shouldn't be up close to the flames. If you haven't had training, read up on it, or you could actually make the fire worse - particularly with flammable liquid fires.

      Edit: here's another site with the same information: http://fsequip.com.au/myths/

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        Interesting about not shaking a dry powder extinguisher but I wonder if it's for certain manufacturers, that one does say theirs are tested not to compact. I couldn't find specific info from other manufacturers esp ones for extinguishers we buy here to say one way or another. But all fire training I've had gave this as a maintenance activity and it's recommended by most other websites including Qld fire and rescue.

        Extinguishers in workplaces are subject to 6 monthly inspections and I believe 5 yearly pressure tests, by pros. They would replace older extinguishers not up to scratch whereas homes might have one sitting around for years beyond any tested compaction timeframes. I'm torn.. I think I'll continue to tip ours.

        Yes, correct use is so important, fire training (even if just watching some reliable training on YouTube) should be mandatory.

      • +2 votes

        I've worked many years in the fire industry, including from manufacturing, to refilling and to servicing extinguishers. Compacting, lumping, solidifying or caking is quiet common and I'd say using a rubber mallet, while held upside down helps. At the very least just tipping them upside down is enough.

        If you tip enough powder fire extinguishers upside down, you can definitely feel the type of "flow" the powder has. Most of the times you can hear and feel the powder flowing freely as you tip them upside down. On the odd occasion, sometimes the powder doesn't move and is firmly planted to the base of the extinguisher. You can feel the weight difference on the bottom of the extinguisher as you try to tilt it upside down. Hold it upside down long enough, while using a rubber mallet, you can feel a big lump of powder dropping all at once. This goes all sizes from 1kg to 9kg.

        In terms of refilling, after discharging the old powder and removing the head. We use pressurized air to get rid of any loose powder. Sometimes powder can come out in crumbly solid pieces. Also, it's not uncommon for many of them to have caked on powder on the internal walls of the can itself.

        I can't pinpoint to any specific brand or powder type to which this compacting occurs with the most, but I'd say conditions in which extinguishers are stored plays the biggest part in this. Also possible that choice of manufacturing standards of sourced powder differ between Amerex in North America and locally refilled and manufactured extinguishers here in Australia. Maybe one is more prone to compacting than the other.

        That link also goes into people doing actual physical damage to justify their point. No one should be hitting the extinguisher near the gauge unless you are trying to remove the head/valve. Should generally be tapping on the base or near the bottom, while held upside down. I don't see how you can chip the paint with a rubber mallet. You can't dent a steel extinguisher unless you are going out of your way to do so. Even if there are dents, there are tolerable allowances.

        I'm seeing reasons for them to justify being lazy rather than doing what should be done, just my opinion.

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          I suspect that the practice came about when cartridge-based fire extinguishers were common, and never went away. They still do it to every fire extinguisher, rather than train the testing staff to recognize which extinguishers are stored pressure type, and which are cartridge type.

          Or maybe they just do it to make their customers feel they are getting better value for money. If the inspection was just giving the extinguisher a wipe over, looking at the pressure valve, and stamping the tag, I'd be wondering if my cleaner couldn't do that, at lower cost.

          I just checked my kitchen extinguisher, and it states "stored pressure extinguisher" on the casing. Is there an easy way to tell if an extinguisher is cartridge type? Perhaps the absence of a pressure check dial? Or have they been made non-compliant in Australia, like the BCF extinguishers were?

          Fire extinguishers come with instructions, saying where to mount the extinguisher, and how to care for it. Mine just says to keep it clean, keep it indoors, and check the pressure valve regularly. If "loosening the powder" made a difference, I'm sure the instructions would say so, or the fire extinguisher manufacturer would be liable if it performed in a sub-optimal way, and the insurance companies would be all over them with lawsuits.

          • +2 votes

            @Russ: It should be in the Aussie standards that you use a mallet. Most guys that I knew never did it. The industry is rife with lazy ass technicians. If they are away from the public eye, they'd do the bare minimum which is stamp the tag and maybe a wipe, depending if it really needs it. That goes for any other equipment too, such as fire blankets, hose reels. Extinguishers are meant to be weighed, pull pins are meant to be checked if they can come out or not. So you've actually got to pull the plastic tie off the pins to do this, pull the pin all the way out and be able to put it back in. What most customers see technicians do is barely close to half of what is required of them. A lot of it has to do with keeping up with KPIs and making your monthly targets. Time and money is very important. Also finishing work early is just as important.

            A portable fire technician's job is pretty much just simple manual labour. Yes, your cleaner or anyone else can do it. But you are not really paying for someone to do the job, you are paying for that piece of paper that says your premise is up to standards and assessed by someone with the qualification.

            Cartridge based extinguishers are quite rare and the only time I'd ever come across one would be to dispose of it. Lack of a gauge should be a clue but you really shouldn't ever see one. Unless anything has changed in the last few years, BCFs are still around only for aviation use.

            There really isn't any reason for powder to not be flowing provided it is kept indoors and away from the elements. The powder shouldn't have any reason to change it's consistency at all. Usually it's the ones kept in extreme conditions that find themselves with many faults.

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    Does anyone know if its worthy refilling (if so how and where) or would you rather buy a new extinguisher.

  • +6 votes

    Bought an ALDI fire extinguisher. My neighbors house caught on fire went over with one to help. It didn't discharge anything was faulty…. Least I found out on someone else's house

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      Hmm… I wanted to test the one I bought last year. It did dispense awful lot of white powder (as it's supposed to). It was like a half second burst and now the pressure level has dropped all the way down :-... Hence my question above. It looks like I'd be needing to get a new one, oh well

      • +3 votes

        These 1kg one will only have a few seconds in them. Even a 5kg is only about 15-20 seconds.

      • +2 votes

        Once you press the button for just a second, the indicator drops to zero, they're a single use item and the pressure indicator is designed to display this. It will still work, but wouldn't you prefer a 100% full extinguisher to protect your family and property??

      • +5 votes

        It was like a half second burst and now the pressure level has dropped all the way down

        Fire extinguishers aren't like fly spray, you can't use a little bit now and a little bit more months later.

        The very first time you use the fire extinguisher, you rupture a metal seal, which is designed for holding the pressure in long-term. There is a second seal, so you can use the extinguisher in bursts, but that isn't designed to hold the pressure in long-term, and the pressurizing gas will leak out.

        The rule is, use it once, and either get it refilled, or throw it away (after releasing all the pressure). When a fire extinguisher is refilled, they replace the metal seal with a new one.

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    I got one to tick the box as an Airbnb host.
    I don't even have gas.
    Good for those that like candles I guess.

    • +2 votes

      I don't even have gas.

      Electric stoves can cause fires too, and electric heaters are another common cause of house fires.

      When I was studying at college, living in the residential dormitories, an electric heater set alight the curtains in the room across from me. It was almost a full-blown disaster.

      The nearest fire extinguisher was in a glass-fronted cabinet.

      The first person to see the flames hit the glass cabinet with his fist, and it didn't break, so he panicked and started yelling "Fire! Fire!", but not particularly loudly. Fortunately he was heard, and the second person on-scene kicked out the glass-fronted cabinet, grabbed the extinguisher, and ran to the room on fire, only to realize he was holding a water-filled fire extinguisher (now banned, this was in 1985), and this was an electrical fire.

      At the sound of the glass cabinet smashing, about 20 heads poked out of doorways on that level of the building, to hear the frenzied cry of "turn the power off!". About 20 people raced to the opposite end of the hallway, where the fusebox was, and flipped all the switches off, plunging the floor into darkness as it was night-time.

      Fortunately the fire was put out without further ado, but it was an experience to see just what can go wrong in an emergency.

  • +1 vote

    Fire extinguisher.

    Usual price in Bunnings, $20.

    Now $17.

    Why in the world does this have over 100 votes???!!! Come on ozbargain!

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    Any deals on CO2 or foam extinguishers? I need a couple of each for the haus.

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    Is this fire extinguisher for kitchen fires as well?

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    Was at bunnings, decided on fire sentry brand instead. Was $7.50 but seems now it's dropped to $6.94.

    I liked the red plastic cover better, and felt more sturdy.

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    The only reason you'd buy from Aldi is the 60 day return process…But….

    To receive money back, you will need to attract the attention of a cash register person,

    That person may:
    - demand that you enter the store and queue up with paying customers (although you might enter with a receipt, grab an item off the shelf and arrange a refund) OR
    - may tell you to wait until they are ready to deal with you.

    Impossible to predict in advance; the policy is clearly not very clear,

    Once returned a trash TV, and was asked to trolley it all the way in to the store and find an open register and wait, seemed a touch humiliating, then I realized that's how Aldi treats its' customers generally. To add to the fun, the register person opened the box entirely to ensure I wasn't being "funny"