A fire extinguisher service deals with all types of issues related to fire extinguishers. It has been shown that even a single fire extinguisher save lives. But in order for it to be reliable in case of a fire emergency, a fire extinguisher needs to be reachable and in good working condition.
A fire extinguisher service is responsible for installing the fire extinguishers. They are placed in different locations, according to the type of building to be protected. Multiple fire extinguishers are needed for large buildings. Commercial spaces or office buildings with multiple floors need fire extinguishers on all floors.
The inspection of the fire extinguishers can be made during scheduled maintenance intervals or as needed. Outside scheduled maintenance, the fire extinguisher service provider is only looking if and where the extinguishers are available. Their charging level can also be checked. This can be easily done by checking the seal on each fire extinguisher. Every such inspection should also be noted by the owner of the building, especially if the building has a commercial purpose.
Fire extinguishers need to be checked at regular intervals. Under normal circumstances, a year should not pass without the extinguishers entering maintenance. During this annual service, a service inspector properly looks at every extinguisher in detail. They are checked for bumps, scratches, accidental discharges and they are refilled before being sealed, labeled and placed back in their location.
The Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers AS1851 needs to be abided when an extinguisher is checked. These tests are also made at regular intervals. They mainly involve parts such as shells, cartridges and hose parts. However, unlike the maintenance intervals, test intervals are different according to each type of fire extinguisher. The NFA-10 standards also stipulate these intervals according to the type of fire extinguisher.
A fire extinguisher may also need to be serviced throughout the year. After every use, it should be recharged with its extinguishing agents. Even if it was used shortly, the extinguisher still needs to be recharged. A fire extinguisher service needs to be called for this purpose to do this on location or the extinguisher needs to be sent away for the refill. A fire extinguisher service should have the capacity to recharge one or multiple extinguishers on call.
Labeling and regulation
Each fire extinguisher needs to be marked or labeled according to regulation. Its last scheduled maintenance needs to be written down together with the next service date. Both the month and the year of the scheduled service needs to be noted. This label should also inform whether the extinguisher was refilled at the last check by the fire extinguisher service. Businesses may also need to keep additional logs. Files can be kept with extra details for each fire extinguisher as required by private regulation of certain insurers. These files might be required on various inspections, especially those related to health and safety.
A fire extinguisher service can also be called when a building such as a home or an office changes ownership. It is recommended that the new owner takes a look at the fire safety of the premises. Fire extinguishers can be a good place to start. Fire extinguisher services are able to take a quick look at the state of the extinguishers and they can be scheduled for maintenance or even serviced if needed. Since extinguishers need to be inspected at regular intervals, it can also be a good time to add extra extinguishers on the property and to include them in a log in the case of businesses. Fire extinguisher services are available by booking for both residential and commercial clients.