How do you maintain a fire extinguisher?
Check the date of manufacture, last hydrotest & six-year maintenance date. Check the valve and shell for damage or corrosion. Remove the hose and check the threads, inspect the hose for cracks or splits, and inspect the condition of the discharge horn. Check the valve opening for powder or any foreign matter.
What type of care and maintenance is required for this extinguisher?
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.
How often do fire extinguishers need to be inspected?
Water, foam, co2, wet chemical and powder fire extinguishers should be visually checked every month. These monthly checks are quick, easy to do and shouldn’t take up too much of your time.
Why is fire extinguisher inspection important?
Fire extinguisher inspections are important as they ensure properly functionality of your extinguishers. Inspections are also a requirement for fire code compliancy. Neglecting to maintain annual fire extinguisher inspections can lead to citations from your local fire department.
Should you test fire extinguisher?
As a rough guide, extinguishers should be discharge tested every 5 years for water, foam and powder and 10 years for CO2. Sometimes known as an extended service or, for CO2, an overhaul service. The test makes sure they actually work and are in good condition internally.
How do you recertify a fire extinguisher?
When it is determined that a fire extinguisher needs to be recharged, call a fire extinguisher servicing company to have it done. They will send a trained technician to service your extinguishers on-site or take them to a facility to perform the required maintenance.
How do you inspect a fire extinguisher OSHA?
Three Ways to Check Fire Extinguishers
- Look for obvious signs of physical damage, such as corrosion, leakage, or dents.
- Check the pressure gauge to make sure the indicator is in the operating range.
- Make sure the pull-pin is not missing and the pull pin seal is intact.
How often should fire extinguishers be inspected and recharged?
Every 30 days: All types of fire extinguishers should be inspected. Every 1 year: All types of fire extinguishers should receive maintenance, and water (stored pressure) extinguishers require a recharge. Every 3 years: AFFF and FFFP (liquid charge type) extinguishers require recharging.