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How to Perform a Monthly Fire Extinguisher Inspection

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There’s nothing more important than having well-maintained fire extinguishers in your building – the keyword being “well-maintained”! It’s important to have your fire extinguishers professionally inspected once a year, but it’s arguably MORE important to inspect them yourself every month! Fortunately, it’s hard to go wrong with your monthly fire extinguisher inspection – it’s actually pretty easy.

Monthly Fire Extinguisher Self-Inspection

Monthly fire extinguisher inspections don’t need to be exhaustive – just a quick check over should be fine. And while they should not take the place of professional fire extinguisher inspections, they should definitely supplement them. The important things to check during your monthly fire extinguisher inspections are:

  • Accessibility – make sure your fire extinguishers are where they are supposed to be and are easily visible and accessible during a fire. Make sure they are kept within 25 ft of an exit and are not located in corners.
  • Physical condition – make sure that the pin in the extinguisher head is intact and the tamper seal is not broken. Also check the condition of the extinguisher shell, hose and nozzle for signs of obvious physical damage, corrosion or leakage.
  • Pressure gauge – make sure the needle on the pressure gauge is in the green –this will let you know that the extinguisher pressure is good. Also, lift the fire extinguisher to make sure it’s full, just in case.
  • Sign off – when you finish your fire extinguisher inspection, initial and date the back of the tag to state that you performed your fire extinguisher inspection. If you have any more fire extinguishers in your building, make sure you do the same thing for all of them.
  • Extinguisher tag – the last thing you should do during your monthly fire extinguisher inspection is check the tag on your extinguisher so you know when you had your last professional fire extinguisher inspection. If it’s been more than a year since your last checkup, call a fire protection service as soon as possible. Monthly fire extinguisher self-inspections are extremely important because they will help you make sure your fire extinguisher is capable of protecting you in the event of a small fire. They should not, however, take the place of professional fire extinguisher inspections, which are meant to guarantee that your extinguishers will keep you safe. If it’s been more than one year since your last fire extinguisher inspection, call a fire protection services coamany as soon as possible.

    Guardian Fire Protection is a fire extinguisher services and fire protection services company headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. We have over 30 years of experience providing complete fire protection services for businesses, organizations, government buildings and restaurants in the Washington, DC area.

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