Fire extinguishers are an essential part of fire safety. But it is not enough to just have a fire extinguisher; you need to regularly inspect it to ensure that the device is working correctly. Without a regular inspection, your fire extinguisher may not work correctly or at all if a fire breaks out in your home or business. Here is a handy guide for inspecting your fire extinguisher.
How Often Should Fire Extinguishers Be Inspected?
In general, fire extinguishers should be inspected by professionals once a year. You can also perform a monthly inspection on your own to ensure that your device will work efficiently in an emergency.
Check the Tag or Label
All fire extinguishers should have a manufacturer’s label or tag. This is where you will find important information from the manufacturer, such as the expiration date. After you purchase your fire extinguisher, read the tag thoroughly and follow the recommended maintenance suggestions.
Inspect the Pressure Gauge
Many fire extinguishers come with a pressure gauge that indicates whether the device is in an adequate operating range. If your extinguisher has one, check to make sure that the gauge’s needle shows correct pressure. If the device has a test indicator, press it to ensure the pressure reading is within the acceptable range.
Look for Any Physical Damage
If your fire extinguisher has been sitting in the cupboard for a long time, it is essential to check it for any physical damage. Check that the can, hoses, and nozzles are in working in order and aren’t broken. Any visible signs of damage, such as scratches or dents, it may be time to replace the fire extinguisher.
Make sure the extinguisher is visible and easily accessible. Visit each area where a fire extinguisher should be and make sure that it is still there. A fire extinguisher is no good if you can’t find it in an emergency. There should be no furniture or other obstacles blocking the extinguisher from view or reach. Also, verify that it is in its proper location, typically three and a half to five feet off the ground on a specifically designed bracket or in an unlocked box or glass cabinet.
What to do if a Fire Breaks Out
If a fire does break out in your home or business, you should only use your extinguisher to put out small fires. If the flames are too large or you cannot reach your fire extinguisher in time, get out of the building and call 9-1-1.
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