A properly functioning fire extinguisher in the right place at the right time can make the difference between a small fire and a disaster. Although your place of business should have a licensed contractor inspect and tag your extinguishers every 12 months, NFPA 10 requires additional inspections. Fire extinguishers shall be inspected when first placed into service and thereafter at approximately 30-day intervals.
How to perform a monthly fire extinguisher inspection in your facility:
• Confirm the extinguisher is visible, unobstructed, and in its designated location
• Verify the locking pin is intact and the tamper seal is unbroken. Examine the extinguisher for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzle
• Check the pressure gauge or indicator is in the operable range or position, and lift the extinguisher to ensure it is still full
• Make sure the operating instructions on the nameplate are legible and facing outward
• Take a look at the last professional service date on the tag. (A licensed fire extinguisher maintenance contractor must have inspected the extinguisher within the past 12 months)
• Initial and date the back of the tag