As a business owner, you know that you have a responsibility to keep fire extinguishers in your building. You've probably already made sure that you have the right number of them spaced out properly throughout your building. But, did you know that it doesn't end there? You actually have a responsibility to have those fire extinguishers inspected and serviced once a year, too. Understanding what to expect from that appointment is important so that you can be adequately prepared. Here's a look at what you should know.
Who Does The Safety Inspection?
Your annual fire extinguisher safety inspection can be done by a representative from your local fire department. You'll have to call ahead to schedule it, but there's usually someone in the department who handles these inspections every year. Alternatively, you can also call your fire extinguisher manufacturer. If you purchased all of your fire extinguishers directly from one manufacturer, they will often provide annual inspection services as well, but only if you request it. Those types of services don't happen automatically.
What Does The Safety Inspection Include?
When the technician arrives to conduct the safety inspection, they will start with a visual inspection. This checks for any damage to the tank, the gauge, or any other components. During the visual inspection, the technician also confirms the model and serial numbers and checks for any prior inspections, if there were any.
Then, the technician will check the gauge reading. If the tank has been used in the last year, or if it's leaking, the gauge will not show a full charge. In order for the fire extinguisher to be safe to use, the tank's gauge must show the needle in the green zone. If it's not, or if it's near the edge, your technician may recommend replacing the tank.
The technician will also test the pin. It's important to know that the pin will actually pull out if it's needed, so this is included in the annual service. The technician will break the seal on the pin and pull it. Then, they will check the nozzle for any signs of powder. Once the technician is comfortable with the overall condition of the tank, they will reset and reseal the pin, sign the inspection and maintenance card, and replace the extinguisher in its case.
While it might not seem like much, this annual appointment is essential for the safe operation of your company's fire extinguishers. Make sure that you call your local service today to schedule this year's fire extinguisher service appointment.