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Inspection and maintenance of fire extinguishers

Fire safety is everyone's concern, but the thankless work of making sure fire safety systems like sprinklers and extinguishers are in good working order is often overlooked. These tasks often fall to fire safety inspectors, though in some areas, property owners can do it themselves. (This is a viable option in small properties, but we suggest hiring specialists for anything larger than a 2,000-sq. ft. house – or if you're in any doubt as to your own capabilities!)

Like other household objects, a fire extinguisher is apt to become defunct after a few years, so they need to be inspected every month to be on the safe side.

To inspect your fire extinguishers, do the following:

• Make sure you have the right type of extinguisher for each area. Kitchens are likely to benefit from ABC or K extinguishers, for example.

• Make sure you can get to all fire extinguishers easily. They should never be located behind a large object or out of sight.

• Make sure the pressure gauge is in the green. For carbon dioxide extinguishers, contact a specialist to ensure your extinguisher is charged.

• Make sure there's no obvious corrosion, no rust or flaking, and no weakened or leaking areas in your extinguisher. If you do find a dilapidated extinguisher, don't handle or transport it yourself – believe it or not, fire extinguisher accidents can be fatal. Contact your local fire marshal or fire department for advice.

• If your fire extinguishers have been used – even slightly – make sure you have them recharged by a professional. Fire extinguishers are pressurized, and if their pressure slips even a little bit, they can be ineffective the next time you need them.

• Conducting fire inspections may not be legal in your situation without a certificate or special training. If it is, then sign off on the inspection label or tag, making sure to date and initial it.

Fire Extinguisher Inspection & Maintainance

This fire extinguisher’s pressure gauge is in the green zone – neither over nor undercharged – and its pull pin (attached to the black wire) is in place.
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