In order to properly perform business fire extinguisher inspection, the NFPA recommends that fire extinguishers are always located in their designated location. It is also important that these extinguishers are visible, or there is proper signage indicating where they are located.
Fire extinguishers need to be easily accessible, and the pressure gauge needs to be in an acceptable range. It is also important to note that no special qualifications are required to perform inspections. Following these procedures ensures that when it comes time for a fire extinguisher to be used, it will be ready.
The NFPA requires that once fire extinguishers are installed, they are initially inspected, then they are inspected once a month after that. These inspections can either be recorded by applying a barcode or a label to the extinguisher, and then recording the results on paper or electronically. You must record the month and year of the inspection, as well as who is performing it. In the chance that inspections are performed externally, there needs to be a proof of inspection collar attached around the neck of the fire extinguisher.
Record keeping ultimately depends on the individual extinguishers, because different models require different forms of inspection. For example, low pressure cylinders require that a label is attached informing who performed the inspection, the date of the test, and the extinguisher’s pressure. On the contrary, a high pressure cylinder requires that the testers identification number and date of the inspection are stamped on the foot ring or neck of the extinguisher.
It can be difficult for businesses to keep track of different inspection requirements for types of fire extinguishers, because the requirements vary across equipment. InspectNTrack solves this issue by allowing for customizable sub-categories that ensure that each type of extinguisher is inspected properly. When creating an inspection route, it is simple to include different question sets in order to ensure that inspections are simple and effective. This streamlines business fire extinguisher inspection across your company.