More often than not business owners are not paying attention to their fire extinguishers until they need to use them. However, a fire extinguisher is often the best method of fire protection that can prevent a fire from growing. Having a properly working fire extinguisher is code required for all commercial facilities. . Every public facility must undergo annual testing on all fire extinguishers located in their buildings. Since fire extinguishers are used so often during a fire emergency, having one that works is essential for any public facility or business enterprise.
Notice The Tags
Ever examine a fire extinguisher and find tags attached to it? These tags indicate when that specific fire extinguisher was inspected. This information can provide building owners vital information regarding the maintenance of their fire extinguishers.
Always Seek The Service Of A Professional
Fire extinguishers are more complicated than most people realize. That is why it is important to find a professional to conduct regular inspections on fire extinguishers. These professionals look for a number of things when conducting annual inspections. Annual inspections will examine whether there was any tampering or signs of damage to the fire extinguisher which could result in it not working. Also, these inspections will look for the correct pressure which is a necessary component of a properly working fire extinguisher. In addition, professionals are able to check whether there is the proper volume of the extinguishing agent inside. Lastly, yearly inspections will provide insight into the amount of free-flowing powder within the fire extinguisher.
In addition to the annual inspection, fire extinguishers require a thorough six-year inspection and twelve year inspection (known as a hydrotest). During the six year test the technician will empty, refill and pressurize the fire extinguisher. The hydrotest every twelve years involves emptying the extinguisher and filling it with pressurized water. This identifies if there are any leaks or corrosion. The extinguisher is then dried and refilled and pressurized. . These thorough inspections will work step-by-step to ensure that all fire extinguishers in your building are in proper working order.
Get The Best of the Best from Fireline!
At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems to keep your property safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to alert occupants in your business of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems and fire sprinkler systems to keep fires controlled should an incident occur. Our trained sales staff will work with you to determine which system is best for your business and our technicians will ensure a quality installation. Fireline service technicians can test, inspect and repair any existing systems you may have.