It goes without saying that it doesn’t matter how much fire safety equipment you have installed in your home or business to try and keep your family and employees safe, if it doesn’t function properly, you might as well not have any at all!
Establish a servicing and maintenance routine for all of your safety equipment to ensure that everything is working properly will be one of the greatest investments you can make in the safety of you and everyone around you! Here are a few tips and best practices to take into consideration when considering the maintenance of your fire safety equipment.
1. Fire extinguishers should be inspected at least once a month…more often in severely hazardous environments.
2. Perform a routine “shaking” of your dry chemical extinguishers at a recommended rate of once per month as well, to prevent the powder from settling or packing down, which could result in improper function in the event of an emergency.
3. In addition to the testing of the actual mechanism itself, be sure to perform routine maintenance SURROUNDING the fire extinguisher as well. Be sure that nothing is blocking the equipment, such as coats, purses, personal items, or any other objects that could possibly interfere with the access of the equipment in severely detrimental times!
4. Other things to consider when servicing your fire extinguisher are:
· Pressure. Make sure the extinguisher is functioning at the appropriate pressure level. On extinguishers with gauges, the needle should be in the green zone at all times, indicating a safe pressure level.
· Nozzle. Ensure that the nozzle to the fire extinguisher is not hindered or damaged in any way.
· Pin and Tamper Seal. Check to make sure these have not been removed or meddled with at all.
· Overall Integrity. Be sure the fire extinguisher body has no signs of misuse or wear and tear, such as dents, leaks, rust, or any other chemical stains or deposits of any kind.
5. Slightly different than an inspection, fire extinguisher maintenance should be done at least once a year. Maintenance involves a thorough inspection, as well as an necessary repair, recharging or replacement!
Avoid any potential danger or chance of increased destruction in the chance of a fire by performing routine maintenance and servicing on your fire extinguisher equipment. For more information on fire and life safety tips, ideas, and facts, visit our blog at www.flsamerica.com/blog.