Fire extinguisher inspections include two main areas:
If you are in the Greater Dallas area, fire extinguisher inspections and recertifications must be done by a certified specialist.
How often should I get my fire extinguishers inspected?
While a thorough annual certified fire extinguisher inspection is needed, for safety and equipment reliability, a regular inspection program should be implemented as well. Whether your program is weekly or monthly, the inspection should be performed on the same day of each period.
How should I prepare for my fire extinguisher inspection?
When an inspection is performed, a checklist should be used so any areas of concern or areas that needs special attention can be noted.
What are the main areas of concern during a fire extinguisher inspections?
What should I look for when checking my fire extinguishers?
Key areas of concern include:
How do I know if my fire extinguisher is still good?
Fire extinguishers are only effective if its expelling means is up to specifications. 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 fire extinguisher.
Any time a fire extinguisher has been used a refill should be performed to ensure that it will work at its peak efficiency the next time it is needed. A fire extinguisher recharge is more than just simply refilling it, so trust the experts at Service Fire Equipment to handle all of your recharge and maintenance needs.
Any time you operate a fire extinguisher, you have changed the pressure in the device and therefore a thorough fire extinguisher inspection needs to be performed as part of the recharge process.
The first step is to clean the external tank, the nozzle, and all operational parts. Next we need to preform a leak test before we do anything else. A simple test for checking for leaks is to submerge the whole extinguisher in water to see if any bubbles appear indicating a leak. Finally, we need to check for wear and tear, brittle o-rings, and any kind of a clogging issue that could impact a successful recharge.
At this point we are ready to refill the device with the correct extinguishing agent. The class of fire extinguisher determines if it will be refilled with water or a powder agent. After the unit has been refilled, it must be pressure tested for any leaks to ensure the unit will work properly.
A visual inspection alone cannot insure that a portable fire extinguisher is safe or will operate properly when needed. Over time, normal handling or workplace conditions can impact the structural integrity of the extinguisher and cause it to malfunction or burst. To prevent this from happening, portable fire extinguishers are required to have six-year maintenance, as well as hydrostatic tests.
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What are the different kinds of fire extinguishers?
There are many different kinds of agents used such as water, dry-powder, foam, carbon dioxide, and wet chemicals. Fire extinguishers are labeled with alphabetical codes to enable users to choose the right model based on the flame type or size.
When buying a fire extinguisher, first look into the coding system used to classify various types of canisters. The alphabetical codes relate to the type of protection for which the fire extinguisher is
The other major factor is to opt for units that can be secured in easily accessible places. In addition, it is important to select a model that has clear usage instructions as well as provide effortless access to the trigger.
What do I need to know about buying fire extinguishers for my business?
When purchasing a fire extinguisher for your business you can't just pick one up from the local hardware store. There are city and county codes in Greater Dallas that regulate the types of units you should purchase and have on hand. Additionally, there can be a couple of other layers of complication such as insurance requirements and reliability issues with certain types.