It is important to test your fire extinguishers regularly to make sure they are in the correct operating condition. This is not a case of just discharging a little bit to see if it works! Any discharge could cause a drop in pressure which may render your extinguisher useless. If any of your extinguisher has been discharged at all, you should replace or recharge that extinguisher right away.
To test fire extinguishers, our team at Spire Security will make sure the extinguisher is in the right place and is easy to see and access. It is important that everyone in the building knows where to find fire extinguishers so they can be easily found in the event of a fire in your building.
The locking pin and tamper seal should be intact and in good condition. We will also make sure there is no obvious damage, corrosion or leakage on the shell of the extinguisher. We’ll check the nozzle is not clogged too.
First Things To Test
The pressure gauge should be reading full, with the needle on the gauge within the green. It’s a good idea to check your extinguisher is full too.
There should always be a tag on any extinguisher which shows that your extinguisher has been professionally inspected. If it has been 12 months or more since the date of your last inspection, give us a call to organise a maintenance visit.