Fire Extinguisher Service
Riverside County, San Bernardino, Los Angeles
Omega Fire Extinguisher Service
Installation & Repair of all Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are in all commercial and government buildings so that we can act quickly and effectively to an outbreak of fire. Every fire extinguishers must undergo annual recharge and maintenance service to maintain its proper operation. The recharge and maintenance service is an exhaustive verification of the fire extinguisher to ensure that the fire extinguisher will work effectively and safely when needed. It includes a complete examination and any repair and replacement of the extinguisher.
Fire Extinguisher Inspection
Fire extinguishers can be used to put out a fire quickly. Most public places, government buildings, and commercial facilities have various fire extinguishers, but not all people know they have to be regularly maintained. Annual fire extinguisher inspection is recommended for businesses and even for family homes.
The procedure of fire extinguisher inspection
Fire extinguisher inspection is easy for small businesses. But for large commercial facilities with thousands of square feet in surface area, the review can take some time. However, it is still necessary. One of the best ways to deal with the annual fire extinguisher inspection is to have the service that installed the extinguishers to note their location around the facility.
Once an extinguisher is located, the first thing to look at is the pressure gauge. The second step is followed by cleaning the extinguisher on the outside. This is also an excellent opportunity to feel different bumps, cracks, or other signs of physical damage. The process is simple, but it requires attention as physical damage can make the extinguisher unusable. Rust is also inspected at this point. Since rust will eventually damage the extinguisher, it may indicate that a replacement needs to be found.
The dates printed on the extinguisher are essential.
These dates can indicate the time for an internal inspection. In some cases, this type of inspection cannot be made on the premises, and the extinguisher needs to be sent to the maintenance service provider. All the internal parts are removed and replaced in the process. According to the NFPA 10 code, the extinguisher gets pressurized and tested in the process.
The following step requires taking the hose off the extinguisher. This is an excellent time to ensure no hose obstructions, mainly if the extinguisher has been used before. The valve stem can be inspected at this time. Powder clog can be an issue with valve stems. The hose is placed back into position.
The pull pin is inspected next. It is removed and then placed back into position. A certification tag is then placed on each extinguisher. This proves that the product can be used for another year until the next inspection.
How often should a fire extinguisher be inspected?
A fire extinguisher should be inspected every other year or as indicated on its label. There are specialized companies that can do this on the spot. But a fire extinguisher should also be inspected after it has been used.
Training staff to use a fire extinguisher
One of the most significant issues for businesses that can compromise your fire protection plan is untrained staff members. Omega Fire Protection recommends business owners to teach the staff how to use a fire extinguisher properly. The first day at the new job is when all safety and emergency procedures are explained; therefore, fire safety use can easily be implemented. Some businesses choose to teach staff yearly about fire protection during the annual fire safety week in October.