The Importance of Fire Extinguisher Inspections
While at work, school, or at home, you may not even notice the fire extinguishers that are placed throughout the building. Many people probably don’t think twice about fire extinguishers until there comes a time when they need to use one. Imagine how unfortunate it would be if a small fire breaks out in your home or at work, so you grab the fire extinguisher and attempt to use it, only to find out that it is broken. Having your fire extinguishers inspected regularly can help you avoid this scenario.
Inspections Keep your Extinguishers Working
Performing quick inspections of your extinguishers on a monthly and yearly basis can go a long way in keeping your extinguishers working. It may seem like a waste of your time, but fire extinguishers can help you prevent a small fire from growing into a large fire that causes a lot of expensive damage to your property. Over time, fire extinguishers can become damaged without you realizing it. Regular inspections are necessary to be sure that your extinguisher will work when a fire breaks out.
Inspections for Code Compliance
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards require that your fire extinguishers be inspected on a regular basis. To remain code compliant, you should hire a fire protection professional to perform brief visual inspections on a monthly basis and a more in-depth inspection on a yearly basis.
Monthly Extinguisher Inspections
A monthly inspection of your extinguisher is a visual inspection that makes sure your extinguisher is charged and ready to use. During a monthly inspection make sure that:
- The fire extinguisher is in the right place, well-marked, and easily accessible
- The pressure gauge is showing the fire extinguisher is fully charged
- The pin and tamper seal is intact
- The fire extinguisher is not visibly damaged or corroded
- Make sure the nameplate and operating instructions are facing outward
- Check the service tag on the extinguisher and sign and date to record the inspection
Yearly Fire Extinguisher Inspections
Yearly fire extinguisher inspections are more in-depth inspections. On a yearly basis, fire extinguisher's components must be checked to make sure they are working correctly. Yearly inspections include:
- Check the extinguisher for damage to the exterior
- Check the service date for six-year maintenance and hydro test.
- Make sure the agent is loose and not settled.
- Look at the pressure gauge to make sure it is charged and not leaking
- Make sure the pull pin on the extinguisher works
- Reseal the pull pin
- Clean the fire extinguisher