Warning to thieves and vandals: Fire extinguishers and other types of fire equipment are traceable and theft of or damage to emergency equipment is a serious crime.
Do fire extinguishers come tagged?
Each fire extinguisher shall have a tag or label securely attached that indicates that maintenance was performed.
What information can be found on a fire extinguisher?
Most fire extinguishers will have a pictograph label telling you which classifications of fire the extinguisher is designed to fight. For example, a simple water extinguisher might have a label like the one below, indicating that it should only be used on Class A fires.
Can fire extinguishers be tested?
All fire extinguishers must be professionally inspected and tagged once a year by a licensed fire protection services company. If it has been 12 months or more since the date of your last professional fire extinguisher inspection, call a fire protection services company.
How far do fire extinguishers need to be apart?
The employer shall distribute portable fire extinguishers or other containers of Class D extinguishing agent for use by employees so that the travel distance from the combustible metal working area to any extinguishing agent is 75 feet (22.9 m) or less.
What is one disadvantage of a fire extinguisher?
Disadvantages: limited to class A fires only. leaves a small amount of residue after the fire has been extinguished. water is an electrical conductor, making the extinguisher unsuitable if the class of fire has an electrical supply, or for use near live electrical equipment.
How many years is a fire extinguisher good for?
When to Replace a Fire Extinguisher
Manufacturers say most extinguishers should work for 5 to 15 years, but you might not know if you got yours three years ago or 13. So how can you be sure it will fire away? Atlanta fire chief Dennis L. Rubin recommends checking the pressure gauge monthly.
Can I service my own fire extinguishers?
Whilst technically, anyone who’s knowledgeable enough can carry out a fire extinguisher inspection and service, it is the advice of the recognised trade bodies, British Standards and Red Box Fire Control that you seek a third party accredited technician who can do the work safely for you.
Is a dry chemical fire extinguisher the same as a CO2 fire extinguisher?
Carbon dioxide can be used on Class B & C fires. They are usually ineffective on Class A fires. Dry Chemical fire extinguishers extinguish the fire primarily by interrupting the chemical reaction of the fire triangle.