Fire extinguishers often take a back seat at your office or home, waiting ‘just in case.’ While they may be easy to forget about, there is nothing more distressing during an emergency than discovering that the extinguisher is not charged or does not work.
The regular inspection of your portable fire extinguisher is crucial for your home or office premises’ safety. There are specific procedures mandated by the appropriate building and fire code for the fire extinguishers. Learn about the inspection and maintenance schedule.
Three Efficient Ways to Assess Fire Extinguishers
There are multiple recommendations and requirements based on the type of inspection. Below is a list of three fire extinguisher inspection that must be performed.
1. Visual Inspections – Once per month
Whether you are a residential or commercial property owner, you must perform a visual inspection once a month to address several important aspects of the extinguisher, which entail:
- Ensure it is situated in its designated location
- Check for potential damage to the equipment
- Ensure that it is charged.
Things you should look for during the inspection:
- Signs of physical damage as corrosion, leakage, or dents
- Examine the pressure gauge to see if it is acceptable.
- Check for the pull-pin and see it is operable
- Examine the date of the last inspection
- Then log the visual inspection.
2. Maintenance Inspection – Once per year
A professional fire protection company must be trusted for performing the annual maintenance inspection. We at Corporate Electric have the right tools and proper training to recognize and correct any hazardous situations and ensure optimal compliance.
If the equipment passes the inspection, it will be noted on the inspection tag, which means the equipment is permitted for one more year of use from the assessment date. Whereas, if it fails the inspection, it must be replaced or repaired.
3. Internal Maintenance Inspection – Every 5, 6, or 12 years
Also performed by professionals, this inspection refers to a complete internal assessment of the fire extinguisher, which involves discharging and recharging it to ensure all its components work efficiently. The time of inspection depends upon the type of equipment as well.
Besides internal maintenance, a periodic hydrostatical test must be conducted to ensure the cylinder’s integrity. Typically, a dry chemical extinguisher needs to be hydrostatically tested every 12 years, whereas pressurized water and wet chemical extinguishers need to be tested every 5 years.
Proper inspection is essential not only to comply with the appropriate fire and building codes but also to safeguard your workplace/home and render you peace of mind.
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