Maintenance of Fire Extinguisher
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Regularly inspect the fire extinguisher visually for any signs of damage or wear.
Ensure the pressure gauge or indicator shows that the extinguisher is in the operational range.
Check that the safety pin and tamper seal are intact.
Verify that the fire extinguisher is easily accessible and not blocked by objects or obstructions.
Make sure it is mounted at the correct height and in a designated, clearly marked location.
Ensure the operating instructions on the extinguisher are legible and facing outward.
Check that everyone who might need to use the extinguisher knows how to operate it.
Periodically check the pressure of the extinguisher to ensure it is within the recommended range.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to check the pressure, as it may vary depending on the type of extinguisher.
Seals and Tamper indicators:
Inspect the safety pin, tamper seal, and any other seals or indicators to ensure they are intact.
If any seals are broken or tampered with, contact a professional to service or replace the extinguisher.
Examine the fire extinguisher for any physical damage, such as dents, corrosion, or leaks.
If you notice any damage, contact a professional to inspect and service the extinguisher.
Keep the extinguisher clean and free from dirt, dust, or debris.
Wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth periodically to maintain its appearance and readability.
Service and Maintenance:
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for servicing and maintenance intervals.
Schedule regular inspections and maintenance with a certified professional or fire safety company.
Training and Education:
Conduct regular fire safety training sessions for employees or household members.
Teach them how to properly use a fire extinguisher and familiarize them with the location of all extinguishers on the premises.
Maintain a record of inspections, maintenance, and any repairs or replacements performed on the fire extinguisher.
Keep a log or tag on the extinguisher to track dates of inspection and servicing.
Remember, it’s essential to consult the specific guidelines provided by the manufacturer of your fire extinguisher, as maintenance requirements may vary based on the type and model.
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