Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing

US Department of Labor (image)Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing | #ESC_LLC #FireExtinguisher #FireCode #LifeSafety | The life and death of those around you depend on your knowledge of the portable fire extinguishers you have in the workplace. Just as important is how and when your fire extinguishers are inspected, maintained, and tested.

ESC tech working on a fire extinguisher (image)The following is provided by OSHA. Compliance is required if you are an employer:

◾Inspect, maintain, and test all portable fire extinguishers in the workplace.
◾Visually inspect portable extinguishers or hoses monthly.
◾Perform an annual maintenance check on portable fire extinguishers. Stored pressure extinguishers do not require an internal examination. Record the annual maintenance date and retain this record for one year after the last entry or the life of the shell, whichever is less. Make the record available to the Assistant Secretary upon request.
◾Empty and maintain dry chemical extinguishers (that require a 12-year hydrostatic test) every six years. Dry chemical extinguishers that have non-refillable disposable containers are exempt from this requirement. When recharging or hydrostatic testing is performed, the six-year requirement begins from that date.
◾Provide alternate equivalent protection when portable fire extinguishers are removed from service for maintenance and recharging.

Allan Colombo, ESC Media DirectorIf you need assistance and you’re in Ohio, give ESC a call at 614-754-1393, email, or use the contact form below: