If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never been in a position where you needed to use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire. Having said that, you should have complete faith in your fire extinguishers so you know you’ll be safe in the event of a fire. Three stages are required for basic fire extinguisher care and maintenance: a monthly fire extinguisher check, an annual expert inspection, and a 12-year hydrotest. The Bronx Fire Extinguisher Inspection has some nice tips on this. The first step is to conduct a monthly self-inspection. You don’t need any particular equipment or training for the monthly self-exam; it’s just a visual inspection. When completing a visual inspection of your fire extinguisher, there are a few things to look for:
To begin, make sure your fire extinguishers are visible and easy to use, and that everyone in your building understands how to use them promptly and effectively in the event of a fire. Make sure the instruction nameplate is visible and pointing outward when doing so. Also, check the extinguisher’s tag; if it states it’s been more than a year since your last inspection, contact a fire protection provider. Check the extinguisher’s physical condition: ensure sure the pin is secure and not taped or wired in place, that the head, body, or nozzle are free of visible physical damage such as dents, cracks, corrosion, or leaks, and that the nozzle isn’t clogged or blocked in any manner.
Make sure the pressure gauge’s arrow is pointed in the direction of the green zone. This means the extinguisher is completely charged and will work correctly when activated. The arrow will only ever dip down out of the green zone after you’ve discharged the fire extinguisher or if it is leaking because the fire extinguisher is generally sealed tight. Finally, flip the extinguisher five times up and down. Because the fire extinguisher’s dry chemical tends to cake, flipping it around will help mix it up.
Allstate Sprinkler Corp.
1869 White Plains Rd, The Bronx, NY 10462
Phone no: (718) 597-4060