Your first line of defense in the event of a fire is likely to be your portable fire extinguishers. Therefore, it’s essential to ensure your extinguishers are the proper size and contain the proper suppression agent for your needs. Furthermore, as for any other fire safety equipment, your extinguishers must be properly inspected and maintained to ensure their effectiveness, should you need to use them. Training, inspections, and maintenance of your portable fire extinguishers help you avoid property damage and injury in the unfortunate event of a fire.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires annual maintenance and monthly inspections for fire extinguishers, as well as scheduled maintenance at 6- and 12-month intervals. Regulations for the inspection, testing, and documentation of commercial fire extinguishers are complex and can be difficult to understand. But you can depend upon ABCO to keep you in full compliance and take care of your portable fire extinguishers. ABCO technicians are trained to verify that you have the proper extinguisher for hazards specific to your business, as well as to ensure you have the correct number and placement of extinguishers to meet required codes.
Finally, ABCO offers training for you and your employees on the general use of fire extinguishers, the hazards involved with incipient stage fire-fighting, and required monthly inspections procedures, as required by OSHA code CFR 1910.157(g).
During annual inspection appointments, ABCO certified technicians will:
- Verify that the extinguisher is properly mounted on the manufacturer’s hanger
- Confirm the extinguisher is visible, accessible, and unobstructed
- Survey the hazard area and verify the extinguisher classification is congruent with the hazard
- Ensure the extinguisher’s classification and operating instructions are legible and facing outward
- Properly tag the extinguisher
- Confirm fullness of the extinguisher
- Ensure safety seals and tamper indicators are not missing or broken
- Examine the valve and shell for corrosion or other damage
- Check the gauge pressure, as well as the condition of the gauge and its compatibility with the extinguisher
- Check the date of manufacture, last hydro test & six-year maintenance date
- Remove the hose and check the threads
- Inspect the hose for cracks or splits
- Inspect the condition of the discharge horn
- Clear the valve opening of powder or any foreign matter
- Remove the extinguisher seal and locking pin to check the handles and replace the pin and reseal the extinguisher
- For dry extinguishers, fluff the powder by turning the extinguisher
- Clean the extinguisher
Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
Every Five Years
Carbon dioxide, water-based extinguishers, and some other types are required to undergo the hydrostatic test every five years.
Every Six Years
All extinguishers which are subject to the 12-year hydrostatic test require 6-year maintenance. These include most stored-pressure extinguishers which can be recharged.
Labels are fixed to units that pass the six-year inspection to indicate the inspection was completed by ABCO, a qualified organization.
Every Twelve Years
The 12-year hydrostatic test is required for most stored-pressure units and all cartridge-operated extinguishers. Non-rechargeable extinguishers must be removed from service 12 years from their manufacture date.
Emergency and Exit Lighting
Emergency and exit lights must be properly maintained to ensure they’re working when you need them, as well as to simply be installed in the right places for optimal safety.
ABCO’s team of certified technicians have the expertise to help you ensure your emergency and exit lighting is properly positioned within your facility and fully functional. Our team will verify the placement and age of existing lights and load test the batteries and check the bulbs. Our technicians can perform any updates required – from batteries to bulbs to new lights – on the spot.
We perform a quick test of the lights, then flip the breaker to perform the test required to demonstrate lighting will remain operational for 90 minutes in the event of a power failure.
ABCO offers monthly inspections, which include a quick check of the local system to discover problems before they arise. We also perform the detailed annual inspections that are required by the fire marshal and your insurance carrier.
Let ABCO help you ensure the safety of your employees and customers, as well as keep your building up to code.