It is a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher close by, whether at home or at work. This piece of simple safety equipment can save lives if an emergency situation requires it ever. Learning how to operate and hold a fire extinguisher in complete working condition are both critical features of this piece of protection equipment.If you’re looking for more tips, Fire Extinguisher Maintenance in Macclesfield has it for you.
The Workplace Safety & Health Administration ( OSHA) specifies that an organization must have portable fire extinguishers and install, locate and mark them so that they are readily accessible to workers without risking potential harm to the workers. OSHA also specifies that the contractor shall insure that all are preserved in a properly charged and operable condition and held at all times, even for use, in their specified locations.
A nationally required system of checks for the installation of portable fire extinguishers in workplaces must be observed.
You should record these inspections on a hang tag attached to each extinguisher. These tags keep track of the dates of inspection for each extinguisher and of the type including the number of the make and model. Keeping those tags accurate and present is an important part of inspections of business safety.
Fire extinguisher inspections are regulated by the National Fire Protection Association ( NFPA). Other inspection standards are regulated by OSHA and by the requirements of individual states. Various types are required to undergo four primary inspection categories: monthly, annual, six-year, and periodic hydro-static inspections of materials. Although each inspection must be recorded on the hang tag of the extinguisher, it is also clever to maintain a separate master inspection log for all extinguishers within a company as well to keep track of all maintenance within a company.
Monthly and annual inspections are the most frequently mandated and the best way of ensuring that each operates efficiently, is stored and properly mounted. It’s also a good idea for homeowners to do their own monthly visual inspections, too.
A visual inspection, performed at a company or in a home, could include things like making sure they are undamaged, the hose does not have a blockage, the safety seal remains unbroken, and the operating instructions are legible. It could also mean a check of the pressure gauge to ensure the extinguisher is fully charged. Make sure that these visual checks are recorded on the hang tag of the extinguisher every time.
An annual inspection would have to be more thorough than a monthly visual check. A professional who can certify their inspection should do those. The annual inspection would include an examination of mechanical parts, the fire suppression agent and the delivery system. These checks are to be recorded on the hang tag along with the initials of the date and the inspector.
A six-year inspection is equivalent to an regular inspection; nevertheless, the fire extinguishers’ contents are cleaned, replenished, re-pressured and re-siealed. The mechanics, hose, and delivery system will be examined by a licensed inspector
Inspections of fire extinguishers often test items other than extinguisher capabilities. These issues require ensuring the extinguishers are in their designated position, that the extinguishers are not obscured or concealed, that the extinguishers are positioned properly, that pressure gages mean that sufficient pressure is always accessible and that visible indications of injury or violence are not present.