Fire Equipment Care and Maintenance
Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Maintenance and Servicing
Fire Extinguishers play an important role in the safety of any building. The owner and occupier of the building are responsible for ensuring their safety and the safety of others in the building. For this reason, fire extinguishers need to be regularly serviced and maintained by authorised personnel.
For fire safety reasons, fire extinguishers need to be inspected once a month. This process doesn’t take long, yet is essential. During the inspection, the individual looks to ensure the fire extinguisher is fully charged, easily accessible and in good working condition. It should not be blocked by any objects or equipment and the pressure level needs to be checked to guarantee it remains at the recommended level.
During the inspection, make certain the tamper seal and pin remain intact and there are no signs of wear and/or abuse. The inspector must look for leaks, chemical deposits, rust or dents at this time. If any oil, debris or corrosive chemicals are present on the extinguisher, it should be removed at this time. In addition, some dry chemical powder extinguishers require shaking once a month to ensure the powder doesn’t settle or pack hard in the extinguisher.
In addition to inspecting fire extinguishers, business and home owners must follow the recommended maintenance schedule. This involves a more thorough inspection of the extinguishers to provide maximum assurance each device will work safely and effectively, if needed. At this time, any repairs need to be completed, the device must be recharged, if levels are low, and devices that cannot be fixed or recharged must be replaced. Check the instruction label on the extinguisher to be certain it remains legible, and look for modifications to the device which may interfere with its performance.
Fire Extinguishers do not last forever. They must be emptied, pressure tested and then correctly refilled once every five years. Each service then needs to be properly recorded on a tag, so others know when the work was completed and what took place during the service. Some manufacturers also recommend servicing tasks at other intervals, such as at three or seven years. Be sure to read the instructions with each extinguisher to know what is expected for safe and effective operation.
Fire protection tasks should never be postponed. To ensure fire compliance, make certain the fire extinguishers are properly inspected, maintained and serviced regularly. Fire Extinguishers remain essential in every home and office; therefore, you need to schedule these tasks as you would regular vehicle servicing, AC maintenance and more. Doing so ensures you have the right tools in the event a disaster occurs.
Note: The information provided here is generic in nature.
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