Fire extinguishers are considered as an MD fire equipment must have for any home, school, or place of business. It is the first piece of equipment people grab during the first sign of a fire and it can save lives and properties by putting out small and manageable fires before they become life-threatening. While they are handy and reliable fire extinguishing tools, they cannot function properly when left worse for wear.
To ensure that your handy fire extinguisher is always up for its main purpose, here are some easy to follow care and maintenance tips:
1. Monthly Visual Inspection
The simplest maintenance tip anyone can add to their routine is a monthly visual check on their fire extinguishers. While the suggestion is to do this at least once a month, you can do this as often as you would like with the month. Just look at the extinguisher for any signs of damage or tampering. If any of the safety seals have been broken, you should change them immediately as they might not function when they are needed the most.
2. Regularly Check For Signs Of Blockage
This is a two-part maintenance tip. First, ensure that access to the fire extinguisher is not blocked by any physical obstacles. A second delay when accessing the extinguisher can make a huge difference in the outcome. Clear anything that may block the path and access to the MD fire equipment.
Other parts to check for blockages are the pin and the nozzle of the actual equipment. Make sure that the safety pin is no stuck as this will delay the action required to put out a fire. Also, check that the nozzle is clear so that it will accurately and without delay spray the extinguisher contents as soon as it is needed.
3. Schedule Regular Professional Checks
While it is good to do a routine checkup yourself, nothing beats the trained eye of an expert. Schedule a professional inspection at least once a year to ensure that the extinguisher and all of its parts are working correctly. A professional will be able to assess if the equipment is still in excellent working conditions after a thorough inspection of all the parts and gears.
The inspector will record their assessment and will either recommend you purchase a new extinguisher or approve the current one for continued use.
4. Take Note Of Expiration Dates
After a professional inspection, you will be informed about the remaining lifespan of your fire equipment. However, you can act early and get them replaced by simply checking the expiration dates stamped on the equipment. Others will have the expiration date clearly labeled on the can while others might require extra effort to locate.
Regular Fire Equipment Checks Make A Difference
Keep yourself updated with the expiration dates and the annual professional equipment checkup and you will never have to worry about using an expired fire extinguisher again. This is the best way to ensure that the fire extinguisher will never fail when you need it the most.
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