As a fire protection company, one of the most common questions we get asked is, “Are businesses allowed to perform their own fire extinguisher inspection?” The simple answer is, yes.
Watch this video by our Vermont branch below to learn more!
Hi folks, David Morrison here at FireProTec in beautiful Colchester, Vermont. Today we’re going to be talking to you about one of the most common questions that we receive, and that is, are we allowed to do our own monthly inspections on fire extinguishers? The simple answer is, yes you are.
Often times, fire protection companies are hired out to do these inspections because of the lack of business interruption that they can provide you. Also, there’s a little bit of responsibility in terms of liability, making sure that those inspections are accurate.
If you’re going to do your own inspections, then there’s a couple of things that you’re going to have to have. One of those things is a walk list of those fire extinguishers that indicates where those extinguishers are located and what type they are.
Performing a Monthly Fire Extinguisher Inspection
1. The very first thing we’re going to do is walk up to the extinguisher, and we’re looking to make sure that it has a valid maintenance tag on it.
2. The second thing we’re going to do is make sure that the fire extinguisher is “in the green,” that it is charged and ready for use.
There are a couple of different extinguishers that require a little bit more attention. One of those is the cartridge-operated extinguisher. This type of extinguisher doesn’t have a pressure gauge on it; instead it has an indicator. We want to make sure that the indicator is not up and charged, we want to make sure that it is actually depressed.
The other type of extinguisher is called a CO2 (carbon dioxide) extinguisher. This particular extinguisher is self-expelling, it’s going to pressurize itself, so it doesn’t have a gauge. All we want to do is make sure that the extinguisher is full. We can do this by weighing the extinguisher and making sure that the weight is the same as the weight that was recorded on the tag.
3. We also want to make sure that the extinguisher is not blocked or obscured from visibility.
4. The next thing we want to do is make sure that the tamper seal is on the extinguisher, that it’s holding the pin in firmly, and that it hasn’t been damaged.
5. The next thing we’re going to do is make sure that the nameplate is visible and facing outwards.
6. Next we’re going to make sure that the extinguisher is full, and we’re going to check that by hefting it or weighing it. Simply by lifting the extinguisher we can tell that it does have agent inside of it.
7. Next, we’re looking for physical damage on that extinguisher to make sure that it wasn’t knocked off the wall by a forklift or something else, with a damaged hose or anything.
8. Lastly, you’re going to take the annual maintenance tag that the service provider provided, and you’re going to sign and date it.
So that’s it. That’s all there is to performing your own monthly fire extinguisher inspection. I hope this helped, and for more useful tips feel free to Like our page or visit our website.