Fire Extinguisher Testing

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.

Tests For Extinguishers

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.

If you are using typical fire extinguishers such as water, C02 or wet chemical extinguishers you should aim to have them tested once every five years. Any dry chemical extinguishers can go longer without testing, but it is recommended to have them tested atleast every ten years.
Testing and inspections much be done by a safety professional, such inspection will make sure that there is no damage to the extinguishers and there are no blocked hoses. The safety seal must be in place and any operating instuctions on the extinguisher must be clearly visible.
Your fire extinguishers will be tested in different stages:

The extinguisher will be tested to see that it can discharge properly.

The headcap will be removed to check for any corrosion or blockages that may cause the extinguisher not to work as intended.

The structual body of the extinguisher will also be checked for any dents or signs of corrosion.