Fire Extinguisher Inspection & Testing
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Everyone understands the benefit of having a fire extinguisher on hand. It may also be one of the things most forgotten since it is not used frequently. If no maintenance plan is in place, the apparatus may fall into disrepair without anyone noticing. Then, in the event of a fire, it will not be able to perform properly and more extensive damage and potential injury will be the result.
Fire Extinguisher Inspection
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a fire extinguisher inspection must be carried out on every single one installed at a location every year. According to guidelines, a monthly inspection can be done in-house by employees or maintenance crews for the property in question.
Although a maintenance worker could follow a checklist and sign off on each canister, a proper inspection completed by an experienced professional means more. Those trained in proficient fire extinguisher inspection are the best option to ensure safety.
The expertise that comes with years of fire prevention work allows for a more thorough inspection process. When every part of the extinguisher and associated storage and hardware is examined closely, property owners can feel more confident in its ability to stop the fire in its tracks.
Fire Extinguisher Testing
Part of the process used by the inspector includes thorough fire extinguisher testing. This does not mean they will use the extinguisher and expel the water or chemical inside. Instead, it involves more detailed checking of each individual part for proper working condition.
In the case of very old fire extinguishers, more extensive testing can take place. The NFPA may require hydro testing to make sure that the canister itself, connectors, the hose, or any other part has a leak or is otherwise compromised.
If any fire extinguisher testing results in failure it should be replaced immediately. The experts at Metro Safety & Fire can recommend the ideal product for any building or use type.