Performing quick inspections of your extinguishers on a monthly and yearly basis can go a long way in keeping your extinguishers working. It may seem like a waste of your time, but fire extinguishers can help you prevent a small fire from growing into a large fire that causes a lot of expensive damage to your property. Over time, fire extinguishers can become damaged without you realizing it. Regular inspections are necessary to be sure that your extinguisher will work when a fire breaks out.
NFPA standards require that your fire extinguishers be inspected on a regular basis. To remain code compliant, you should hire a fire protection professional to perform brief visual inspections on a monthly basis and a more in-depth inspection on a yearly basis.
A monthly inspection of your extinguisher is a visual inspection that makes sure your extinguisher is charged and ready to use. During a monthly inspection make sure that:
Yearly fire extinguisher inspections are more in-depth inspections. On a yearly basis, fire extinguishers components must be checked to make sure they are working correctly. Yearly inspections include:
When it comes to fire protection in schools, you will want to be prepared. From elementary schools to college campuses, a lot of young lives are at stake when a fire breaks out in a school. Having the proper fire protection systems and fire safety measures in place can help your students stay safe if a fire occurs at school.
Schools must have proper fire protection in place for the students, staff, and building to be protected. Depending on the school and the hazards present, schools will need fire sprinklers, fire suppression, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers.
When it comes to fire safety, high rise buildings have additional challenges that are not found in low rise buildings. In high rises, the time it takes to exit a building is longer, the number of people in the building is higher, and fire department accessibility may be more difficult.
If you live or work in a high-rise building, there are some safety measures you should take in order to stay safe during a fire. When choosing somewhere to live, be sure that you select a building that is fully sprinklered. Ask your landlord about the fire protection systems the building has including sprinklers, fire alarms, and voice communication.
You should make sure that you know the locations of all available stairs and exit routes that you can take to evacuate the building. During a fire in a high-rise, the time to evacuate is limited so being prepared and knowing the exit routes is very important.