Did you know that you should inspect your fire extinguisher monthly? That’s what the National Fire Protection Association recommends. Although you should have your fire extinguishers maintained by a professional annually, monthly inspections are something you can do yourself. Here’s how…
Inspect for physical damage
Inspect the outside of the extinguisher for any signs of physical damage. Look for dents, cracks, corrosion, etc.
Examine the hoses and nozzles for obstructions
Take a look at the hoses and nozzles on your extinguisher. Make sure there are no bugs or debris that might interfere with the extinguisher’s operation.
Look at the pull pin
This is the pin that is pulled out of the handle in order to allow the extinguisher to operate. Make sure the pull pin is inserted in the handle.
Check the pressure gauge
If your fire extinguisher has a pressure gauge, make sure the needle indicates that the pressure is in the proper range. The correct pressure is typically marked in green on the gauge.
Examine the tamper seal
The tamper seal verifies that the extinguisher has not been interfered with. If the seal is broken, it indicates someone may have tried to use the extinguisher, and you may need to replace it.
Other things to consider
Make sure that your fire extinguishers are kept in places that are visible and easily accessible. Make sure your family members know where the fire extinguishers are located and how to operate them safely. It’s also a good idea to record your annual inspections on the fire extinguisher tag.