The majority of fires are extinguished in the early stages without the need to call the firefighters. Portable fire extinguishers are used in a vast majority of such situations. But they need to be available, ready to go and used properly in order to ensure fire protection.
Obviously the first aim of inspections is to check that the fire protection equipment is in good working condition and accessibility. It promotes safety within the organization. Besides, it is a regulatory requirement and insurance companies require compliance given standards as well.
Inspections on portable stored pressure ABC types of extinguishers should be done
Testing intervals of other types of extinguishers may be different. In case exceptional events, moving, extreme change of temperature, etc. one may be well advised to perform an inspection as well.
Monthly inspections don’t take more than 3 minutes. They comprise 6 steps:
Once you have structured you site organization and the corresponding people you can start to build your checklist.
A visual inspection checklist must answer to the steps described above but be concise enough to ensure you don’t spend more than a few minutes per equipment.
Here is a common inspection list you should follow while performing your monthly fire extinguisher inspection:
visibility and accessibility:
fire extinguishers conditions:
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Having the equipment ready to be used is great; training people to use it is even better! As a matter of fact, in the workplace, in most countries, it is the duty of the company to train employees on the proper use of fire extinguishers. It should be done on an annual basis and by giving the opportunity to practice on actual situations.Don’t forget that beyond inspections, these training will also help enroll your employee into your global safety plan and improve their risk awareness.