How Often Should Fire Extinguishers Be Checked?

It is imperative that regular checks are carried out to ensure a fire extinguisher is in top condition at all times. A monthly visual inspection and pressure check should be completed by an appropriate member of the maintenance team, or similarly employed individual. This type of check can pick up on any problems which might have developed between mandatory annual inspections. An annual inspection, of fire prevention equipment is a legal requirement. The annual check needs to be carried out by a certified and possibly licensed fire inspector from a fire protection equipment company. Every six years, the extinguisher should be dismantled and the internal components thoroughly inspected – this needs to be done by a fire protection equipment company. All checks and inspections should be documented.

What Are the Different Types of Fire Extinguishers?

Determining what fire extinguisher is the best fit for your use depends on the type of material that it would to be used on. Fires are classified into five categories: generic, suppression of a combustible solution, oils and fats, specialist solutions. The types of extinguisher include: water extinguishers that are suitable for most generic fires, foam extinguishers that can be used for generic fires and sometimes for fires involving oils and fats, dry chemical extinguishers (for generic fires where visibility or respiration aren’t priorities), CO2 extinguishers (suitable for electrical fires), and wet chemical extinguishers, which are frequently used on fires caused by fat or oils.