Maintaining a fire extinguisher is not only a safety issue it can also save businesses and homeowners money. Many insurance companies offer discounts if the devices are installed and properly maintained.
Individuals that work in restaurants are probably familiar with the fire suppression systems installed to fight kitchen fires. The most likely area for a fire in a restaurant is the kitchen. Grease fires are quite common. Subsequently, extinguishers are classified by the type of fire they will suppress. Home and business owners need to determine the types needed. Failure to have the suppression units inspected in a commercial establishment may result in a fine.
The inspections must be conducted by qualified technicians that are certified. The business permit, in some cases, can be revoked if the owner fails to maintain the equipment. The fire extinguisher must be easily accessible by all employees. The containers must be clearly marked as to what fires they are capable of suppressing.
Taking safety precautions, such as routine fire extinguisher testing, remains an important part of everyday life, and it becomes vital for businesses to raise their standards and ensure that they remain compliant with laws and regulations to leave their doors open. Unfortunately, many companies remain unfamiliar with the rules regarding safety precautions and basic activities that should take place, such as testing safety equipment and having it properly serviced at least on an annual basis.
What is fire extinguisher testing?
It is precisely what it sounds like. To make sure that all of your extinguishers will work properly when an emergency happens, and you need for them to work, they must be tested on a regular basis. A visual inspection alone is not always enough to know whether something will work when it needs to or not. Professionals can safely discharge equipment in a safe area to make sure that they function properly, guaranteeing that your staff will be able to handle the smallest emergency adequately and prevent it from turning into a life-threatening situation.
What if I do not have them tested?
Failure to do this on regular basis results in the above going wrong. Instead of your staff being able to handle a small accident by grabbing a nearby extinguisher, they will have to evacuate and call emergency services. After that, the flames may grow out of control, destroying your business and everything that you have working hard to achieve.
Complying with safety regulations is also included in many insurance policies. Failure to do this means that your insurance may not be required to cover the expenses of damages that occur because you were not following proper procedures.
What if they are brand new?
Even brand new equipment must be tested and deemed safe for use before it can be installed into a building. Brand new products may be damaged during the shipping process or may have a small defective part due to a manufacturing error that will prevent them from working properly. Because of this, even brand new equipment must be inspected to guarantee that it is in proper working order and does not pose a safety hazard to employees and clients.
How do you test fire extinguishers?
Our team of highly skilled professionals will take the time to check every single one, observing the exterior for potential damage and conducting a full assessment. After that, it will be determined whether the piece of equipment is safe for use or if it needs to be replaced.
What if it is damaged?
If your equipment is damaged and is no longer considered safe to use, it is vital to replace it as soon as possible to keep operating your business without any interruptions. Safety equipment can be purchased from an outside supplier or rented from a company on a temporary basis with a view to comply with safety standards.
Can I do it myself?
Many businesses prefer to do their evaluations on safety equipment, but it is strongly encouraged that companies hire a professional to carry out this process on a yearly basis. Professionals can safely perform routine testing, discharge questionable equipment to determine if it is in working order and determine if other actions are needed to maintain safety equipment.
Protection people and buildings from life-threatening emergencies begins with safe practice and prevention techniques. These pieces of equipment are often the first thing that an employee will reach for to get rid of small flames, making it a necessity to inspect them on a regular basis and to call the professionals once a year.