How to maintain the fire extinguisher?
First of all, you should study the class of fire extinguishers. Click here to read on Types of Fire Extinguishers.
If you own a home or premises, it is crucial for you to have some quantity of fire extinguishers in case of fire burning happens anytime and it is very crucial to know how to maintain the fire extinguisher. Find the right spot for your fire extinguisher, a place where it is easy to see and easy to grab. A fire extinguisher can help home and premises owners put out small fires and prevent them from becoming larger and turning into major damage. However, just having the fire extinguishers at home or at your premises is not the only step you should take. You should also conduct routine maintenance on your fire extinguishers and even have them inspected to make sure they are functioning properly when happens fire burning.
Here are some of the tips on how to maintain the fire extinguisher to ensure it is working properly in the event of a fire.
1. Monthly/quarterly inspection of the fire extinguishers.
Once a month, you should inspect your fire extinguishers for any signs of trouble. The fire extinguishers should be in good condition and are not damaged in any way and make sure the safety seals on the fire extinguishers are not broken.
2. Hire a professional to inspect and maintain your fire extinguishers annually.
You should also have an annual inspection done by a professional that can give your fire extinguishers a more detailed inspection. During your annual inspection, a professional will be able to inspect the mechanical parts of your fire extinguishers and make sure everything is in order with them. And of course, you can monitor your fire extinguishers with the existence of Fire Extinguisher Management System (FEMS) which can monitor all of the fire extinguishers that you have no matter how many of them. The system can also generate a report of all fire extinguishers that you have with the status of the fire extinguishers whether it is serviceable or not.
By maintaining the fire extinguishers in your home or business and having them inspected regularly, you can avoid potential problems with the fire extinguishers and make sure the fire extinguishers are working properly. Fire extinguishers should be pressure tested (a process called hydrostatic testing) after a number of years to ensure that the cylinder is safe to use. Consult your owner’s manual, extinguisher label or the manufacturer to see when yours may need such testing. AITO Firework can provide you with inspection services and consultation. Contact us today to set up a consultation with us.
IMPORTANT: Refill the fire extinguishers immediately after use regardless of how much they were used.
What is the difference between a fire extinguisher inspection and fire extinguisher maintenance?
An inspection is a “quick check” to give reasonable assurance that a fire extinguisher is available, fully charged and operable. The value of an inspection lies in the frequency, regularity, and thoroughness with which it is conducted. The frequency will vary from hourly to monthly, based on the needs of the situation.
Fire extinguishers should be maintained at regular intervals (at least once a year), or when specifically indicated by an inspection. Maintenance is a “thorough check” of the extinguisher. It is intended to give maximum assurance that an extinguisher will operate effectively and safely. It includes a thorough examination and any necessary repair, recharging or replacement. It will normally reveal the need for hydrostatic testing of a fire extinguisher.
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