If you have a business, then having a functioning fire extinguisher is a legal requirement. However, whether it is for the home or business, the point of an extinguisher is to provide protection in case of fire. Otherwise, property and even lives could be at stake. The only way you can be sure it will work when you need it is to properly maintain it.
A Proper Charge
A fire extinguisher has to maintain a certain amount of pressure in order to function. It should have a pressure dial that you can check to determine whether or not it needs charging.
The Pull Pin is Functioning Correctly
The pull pin should be secured in the handle and held by a tamper seal.
The Exterior Is in Good Shape
To perform properly, the extinguisher should be free of dents or leaks. If it is sufficiently damaged, it may not work and it could actually explode.
There should be clear instructions that are easy to read on how to properly use the extinguisher.
The fire extinguisher should always be kept in a place where it is easy to get to. This includes ensuring that no items obstruct access to any part of it.
It is a good idea to check your fire extinguisher on a monthly basis to make sure that it is ready to use. If you are in any doubt, it’s best to call a professional to inspect it. For more information on fire extinguisher maintenance
, call FireWatch in San Diego.