So you have at least one fire extinguisher, maybe more? Fire extinguishers are a great way to ensure a fire does not get out of control. However, many do not realize the importance of maintaining their fire extinguisher. If a fire extinguisher maintenance is not done, your extinguisher could fail. This is the last thing you want to happen when you need to extinguish a fire.
How often should they be maintained? Fire extinguishers should be regularly maintained, at least once a year if it hasn’t been discharged. If it has been discharged, even for a small bit, it needs to be fully recharged as soon as possible to ensure it is up to its full potential to extinguish a fire. An annual maintenance check will include a thorough examination to identify any necessary repairs needed and to confirm that the unit is ready for action, if needed.
What is the professional safety inspector looking for? A properly maintained fire extinguisher is easily accessed, not blocked by equipment, coats or other objects that could cause problems finding/accessing the extinguisher in an emergency. The pressure gauge reading should be in the proper range/position. Operating instructions should be easy to read. Safety seals should be sealed. And, there should be no physical damage or corrosion to the fire extinguisher. A trained professional can quickly and easily identify any problems.
Is it required? Maintenance of workplace fire extinguishers is a requirement of OSHA. It is an employer’s responsibility to assure that portable fire extinguishers are maintained, fully charged, operating properly, and kept in designated places at all times, except during use.
To ensure your place of business is compliant with OSHA’s requirements, and to give those in your office peace of mind, your fire extinguisher should be professionally inspected by a fire safety expert. Fire Control Systems has been in the fire safety business for over 30 years. We can inspect your equipment and answer any questions you may have, and leave knowing your fire safety equipment is in tip top shape. Schedule your fire extinguisher maintenance appointment with Fire Control Systems.