7 Steps For Do It Yourself Fire Extinguisher Inspections

Travis Jolliff

As a commercial fire equipment company, we are often asked, “Is it acceptable for a businesses to perform their own monthly fire extinguisher inspections?” The simple answer is, yes.

Frequently, professional fire equipment companies are hired to perform monthly fire extinguisher inspections for businesses simply because we help minimize the business interruption. Also, we are able to ensure that those inspections are completed accurately.

If you’ve been thinking about doing inspections, there’s a couple of things you’re going to have to have. One of those things is a complete list of your fire extinguishers that indicates where they are located and what type they are.

Monthly Fire Extinguisher Inspections

Below is a list of 8 major steps that must be accomplished to properly perform your own monthly fire extinguishers.

  1. The very first thing you need to do is to make sure each fire extinguisher has a valid maintenance tag on it.
  2. The second thing is to make sure that the fire extinguisher is “in the green,”  meaning it is charged and ready for use. Not every fire extinguisher has a pressure gage.  For example, cartridge-operated extinguisher have an indicator. For these type fire extinguishers, you need to make sure that the indicator is not up and charged, meaning you must ensure it is actually depressed. Another type of fire extinguisher that doesn’t have a gage is the CO2 (carbon dioxide) extinguisher.  In order to make sure that the extinguisher is full it must be weighed making sure that the weight is the same as the weight that was recorded on the tag.
  3. You must ensure that each fire extinguisher is not blocked or obscured from visibility.
  4. Next, 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. Nameplates must be visible and facing outwards.
  6. Look for physical damage on each fire extinguisher making sure that it wasn’t knocked off the wall paying close attention to the hose.
  7. Lastly, sign and date the inspection tag.

These are the major steps that must be accomplished when performing your own monthly fire extinguisher inspection. We hope this helped. For more useful tips contact Jay L Harman Fire Equipment Company.

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