Fire extinguishers do a crucial role in the suppression of small fires. As one of the primary lines of defence against fire, it’s the resort owner’s responsibility for resort safety to make certain that all extinguishers are actually serviced in accordance with Australian Standards AS1851. Not only is it a legal requirement but as fire extinguishers play such a crucial part in putting fires out before they get out of hand, it’s vital that they work if and when they’re needed.
Fire extinguisher inspection and maintenance is particularly important because of the routine monitoring that is needed in order to meet fire safety standards. Without proper fire extinguisher inspection and maintenance, your equipment can malfunction when needed the most. It’s highly recommended to check onsite safety equipment and carry out regular fire extinguisher inspections.
This checks the extinguisher is working as it should between semi-annual services. With fire safety system controlled from the reception, a designated member of the resort staff can check the fire extinguisher monthly and tested by qualified persons at half-yearly intervals. Records should be kept of each inspection in a special log book.
5 Reasons Why Fire Extinguishers Need to Be Regularly Checked
The main extinguisher cylinder is manufactured from steel or aluminum, designed to withstand the internal forces of the pressurising gas. Over time, this metal may begin to corrode or deteriorate from stress and compromise the structural integrity of the cylinder which can result in the extinguisher fail.
People, especially young ones, are understandably inquisitive of fire extinguishers. If your fire extinguishers are in the public view, there’s a chance that someone may have tampered with them. Tampering can range from removing the headcap seal or the locking pin, loosening the hose, discharging some of the contents, or moving the extinguisher away from its designated point.
3. Hose Blockage
The discharge hose of your fire extinguishers, over time, may become blocked by debris or insects, resulting in impaired functionality when used. The hose and connector O-rings may also deteriorate over time.
The weight of the fire extinguisher is clearly marked on each maintenance label. Fire extinguisher’s weight is the simplest method of telling whether or not the contents are as they should be. During a regular inspection, qualified persona will weigh the extinguisher and compare it to its weight during the last inspection. If the extinguisher’s weight has dropped over 10%, it’s a clear indication of a leak.
5. General Wear
Fire extinguisher will experience general ‘wear and tear’ over the years, from the odd scuff on the paint to fading labels. For example over time, as the maintenance label on the extinguishers become faded the important information that the service technician needs becomes illegible.If the instruction label is damaged a user could choose the wrong extinguisher for the type of fire, or not be able to read the instructions for use.
Peace of mind is important, particularly when dealing with the threat of fire. Proper maintenance of all fire extinguishers on your resort premises is essential.