How Often Do You Check Your Fire Extinguishers?

















Fire  extinguishers are an important item in a practice that are often forgotten about until one is needed.  It is important for the safety of the practice’s employees and patients to routinely check your fire extinguishers for proper functioning.


Unsure how often you should be checking yours or what to look for?


Follow these guidelines to ensure your fire extinguishers are in proper shape in the event of a fire emergency.


Monthly inspections:


  • Ensure accessibility.  Make sure the extinguisher is in the proper location, is visible to individuals, and is easy to access.  All of your employees should be aware of where the fire extinguishers are located in your facility.

  • Inspect seals.  Look over the tamper and safety seals to make sure they are intact.

  • Check the pressure.  If there is a pressure gauge on your extinguisher, be sure the gauge’s needle indicates proper pressure.  This means making sure it is not too high or too low.

  • Look for damage. Look for visible signs of damage such as corrosion, leakage, a clogged nozzle, dents, etc.

  • Document your inspection.


Annual maintenance:


  • A thorough check of the fire extinguishers should be completed.This is intended to give maximal assurance that an extinguisher will operate efficiently and safely when needed.

  • This maintenance check should be completed by a qualified individual, as noted by the manufacturer.


If your fire extinguisher is damaged or needs recharging, replace it immediately!


Contact your local fire department or fire extinguisher manufacturer if you need help or more resources to be sure your extinguishers are ready for use!  It is important to stay on top of this, as you will not receive a warning when a fire event will occur.  For the safety of your employees and patients, you do not want to be caught unprepared in a fire event.


Remember, when it comes to fire safety, a fire extinguisher can be the first line of defense.  Routinely checking your fire extinguishers for optimal functioning should be at the top of your priority list!




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