5 Things To Look Out For When Carrying Out A Fire Extinguisher Inspection
The importance of fully operating fire extinguishers should not be underestimated. According to official Government statistics, approximately 5,000 fires are tackled by members of the public with fire extinguishers each year, reinforcing their importance as a first line of defence against small blazes.
UK law requires all commercial, industrial premises and public buildings to be properly equipped with fire extinguishers, and for a scheduled programme of fire extinguisher maintenance and inspection to be implemented.
How Often Should My Fire Extinguishers Be Checked?
Under the law, all fire extinguishers should be tested to BS 5306-3:2017 standards by a reputable fire extinguisher maintenance company every 12 months, the outcome of which must be recorded in the accompanying service log.
However, monthly visual inspections should also be carried out by a responsible person to identify any areas of concern that might prevent the extinguishers from working properly in an emergency. The results of the inspection should be recorded in the fire logbook. If any problems are found, fire extinguisher maintenance by a qualified technician is the best way to ensure the equipment is in optimum condition.
What issues should you check for during your monthly inspection?
- The nozzle is blocked, torn, or cracked, which could affect the discharge of water or foam during use, rendering the fire extinguisher ineffective.
- The locking pins are missing or defective, which could result in the fire extinguisher being accidentally set off when it is not needed.
- Service labels are missing or illegible. Services are a legal requirement and must be documented so, if the label is missing, contact Rhino Fire Control immediately to arrange a professional service of the fire extinguisher.
- The pressure dial, if present, isn’t pointing towards the green zone. This indicates that the internal pressure is insufficient or that the gauge is faulty. In both situations, expert maintenance is urgently required.
- There are signs of general damage to the fire extinguisher, including to the handle, operating mechanism, or metal casing, which could compromise its effectiveness in an emergency situation.
Contact Rhino Fire Control For Specialist Fire Extinguisher Inspection And Maintenance
At Rhino Fire Control, we can ensure that your fire extinguishers are fully-functioning and legal. Whether you require an annual safety inspection or a more frequent programme of service and maintenance, our BAFE-registered engineers will ensure that your equipment offers you the best chance of protection if a fire occurs.
To find out more about our services, please call us on 01278422705 or message our fire safety consultants today.
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