There are various types of Extinguisher for fire hazard. For example, pre-action Extinguisher are categorized in single interlock and double interlock. They are mainly different due to their purpose, the area where they are installed and the surface they need to cover. Extinguisher are installed for the purpose of being the first line of automatic defense in case of a fire. Dry pipe and wet pipe Extinguisher are chosen depending on the location’s temperature and the type of building which can be different according to the assets in it. At the same time, all Extinguisher need to be regularly maintained, just as fire Extinguisher or any other type of fire protection products.
One of the common misconceptions about fire Extinguisher is the fact that they don’t need to be tested after their purchase. Fire extinguisher testing is mandatory and it is scheduled at fixed intervals. Current regulation is advising annual maintenance on all fire Extinguisher. A hydrostatic test is performed every 5 years. This is the case with all dry chemical Extinguisher. In rare instances, where the fire extinguisher is not made to be refilled, testing is not required. In the case of a recharge, the 6-years’ timeframe starts from that specific date.
Fire extinguisher testing is often takes place in the workplace. In this situation, the employer is the one responsible for the testing of the Extinguisher. The employer is required to mandate a trained person to do the testing. However, fire Extinguisher also need to be tested in the following instances:
Of course, fire extinguisher testing is not completed without proper record keeping. This is done using a metal tag which is actually placed or attached to each extinguisher. These tags are not added by the employer for commercial spaces or by homeowners, in residential buildings. The tags are added during the testing process by a licensed tester.