Ensure fire safety in your business through regular, efficient and effective fire extinguisher maintenance with a mobile application.
A fire extinguishers maintenance is carried out every month to ensure that the fire extinguishers are in good condition. Fire extinguisher testing and monitoring falls under inspections carried out by external specialists or a company's own safety officers as part of the overall fire safety strategy.
The task of a safety officer is to carry out regular checks of the fire extinguishers and to keep all records up to date so that the building and tenants are safe. It is vital that a safety officer knows how to carry out fire extinguisher maintenance efficiently. Only in this way will he be aware of the most common problems that occur during maintenance and know how to react accordingly.
An "A-B-C" fire extinguisher can be used on all fires. Other types of extinguishers work only on a certain class of fire.
1. A-B-C extinguishers: As mentioned, this is the most multi-use type. To be more precise, it can be utilized for fires cause by ordinary combustible materials, such as wood, cloth, paper; flammable liquids, such as oil, gasoline, kerosene; and energized electrical circuits (e.g., electronic motors, electrical wiring, etc.)
2. "B-C" dry chemical: Used for fires by flammable liquids and energized electrical circuits
3. D extinguishers: For fires made by reactive metals
4. K: K stands for Kitchen. This is the extinguisher for fires brought by oils and fats
5. Carbon dioxide: Same use as for “B-C” dry chemical
The condition and location of the extinguisher
It should be ensured that the tool is easy to find and on its designated spot.
The condition of the locking pin and the tamper seal
An inspection should check for the presence of physical damages such as leakages and broken details.
The condition of the pressure gauge
Confirm that the pressure gauge or indicator are in the operable range. Also, make sure that the extinguisher is still full.
Visibility of the operating instructions
The words must be legible and facing outward.
Professional service date
Fire extinguishers should be regularly inspected. At least once a year.
Check the condition and the date listed on the back of the tag.
Even though the employer is responsible for safety of workers, per OSHA, and has to ensure that the monthly fire extinguisher inspection is performed and recorded, they don’t have to perform the inspections themselves.
An office or facility manager or a designated safety officer may do the task. The most important thing is that the employee knows how to do it and which applications to use for inspections.
Safety officers can inspect up to 100 fire extinguishers in a building per month, not to mention the full maintenance report for each individual extinguisher. With all this paperwork, the likelihood of human error increases, which means that the risk of fire from a single malfunctioning extinguisher also increases.
Lumiform helps safety officers improve fire safety in the workplace by making fire extinguisher maintenance more efficient. The mobile application for regular fire extinguisher maintenance enables them to:
Learn more about how to best use Lumiform's fire inspection software. We've prepared templates for your fire extinguisher checklists that you can customize and use immediately with the app.
Use this fire extinguisher inspection checklist template to regularly check the fire extinguishers in a building for proper functioning. See template
Use this monthly fire extinguisher inspection checklist to maintain safety in your workplace. See template