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Fire Extinguisher Inspections
Fire extinguisher inspections include two main areas. The first is a “safety and performance check” and the second is a “certified inspection” by a licensed fire protection specialist such as Service Fire Equipment. Certified inspections and re-certification are required for all businesses in the Greater Dallas area.
Give us a call now to make sure you are up-to-date and not at risk of fines or performance issues with your equipment. We can be reached at 972-513-1767 to assist you.
How Often Should I Get an Inspection?
While a thorough annual certified inspection is needed, for safety and equipment reliability, an inspection program needs to be carried out as well. Whether your program is weekly or monthly, the inspection should be performed on the same day of that period.
When an inspection is performed, a checklist should be used so any areas of concern or areas that needs special attention the next period can be noted. There are three areas of concern for the inspection.
- Mechanical parts – does everything pass a visual inspection?
- Extinguishing Agent – is the gauge needle in the green zone?
- Pressure – is the cylinder safe and effective for use?
Some key areas of concern include making sure that the nozzle and parts are not blocked with any object or other obstructions, which may hinder performance. It is also essential to examine for rusts, leaks, dents or chemicals accumulated on the unit. Check the hose to make sure it doesn’t have any cuts or excessive wear indicating it could be blocked. Do not forget to check and see if the operating directions are legible as many people have never used a fire extinguisher and could panic if instructions are not clearly accessible.
One of the most important checks when doing a fire extinguisher inspection is to make sure the device’s pressure gauge is at the correct level typically indicated by checking if the gauge needle is in the green zone. If it isn’t, you will require a recharge.
Finally, a fire extinguisher is only effective if its expelling means is up to spec. Therefore a pressure test should be performed by a certified fire protection contractor to make sure it is perfectly safe for use. If it isn’t, then you will need to purchase a new unit.
Get your inspection today to ensure that your equipment is safe to use!