Fire Extinguisher Inspection

Fire extinguisher inspection is a crucial process that ensures that fire extinguishers are in good working condition and can be relied upon in case of a fire emergency.

Here are some steps that can be followed for a basic fire extinguisher inspection:

  1. Check the location: Ensure that the fire extinguisher is located in its designated place and is easily accessible.
  2. Check the pressure gauge: The pressure gauge should be in the green zone, which indicates that the extinguisher is properly charged and ready for use.
  3. Check the seal and safety pin: Ensure that the safety pin is intact and the tamper seal is not broken.
  4. Check the condition of the extinguisher: Check the body of the extinguisher for any signs of damage, such as dents, rust, or corrosion.
  5. Check the date of the last inspection: Look for a label or tag on the extinguisher that indicates the date of the last inspection.
  6. Verify the type of extinguisher: Make sure the extinguisher is appropriate for the potential hazards in the area it is located.

When to conduct fire extinguisher inspection

  1. Fire extinguishers should be inspected at least once a year.
  2. Fire extinguishers should also be visually inspected on a regular basis by the owner or a designated employee to ensure that they are in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Similarly, fire extinguishers should be inspected after any use.

Skills needed for one to conduct fire extinguisher inspection

  • Knowledge of fire extinguisher types
  • Understanding of fire safety regulations
  • Knowledge of fire extinguisher parts
  • Communication skills

People involved in the inspection of fire extinguisher

  • Trained employees
  • Fire department personnel
  • Building owners or managers

Inspection report

Following a successful inspection, a report needs to be developed. The report contains elements such as:

  • Date of inspection
  • Location of the fire extinguisher
  • Identification of the extinguisher
  • Inspection status
  • Corrective actions taken
  • Signature and date

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