Fire extinguishers are our first line of defense against small fires, and their proper inspection, testing, and maintenance ensure they will work when needed most.
Regular inspection of fire extinguishers is easy, and can save precious seconds in an emergency situation. Simply pull the pin, aim low, and sweep the nozzle from side-to-side until the system works effectively.
For added safety, it is recommended to have your fire extinguisher serviced by a qualified and licensed extinguisher service provider.
Keep Your Extinguishers Clean
Fire extinguishers are an invaluable way to extinguish small, manageable fires quickly. But these products may leave behind a messy residue which must be cleaned up after use if they’re to remain effective.
First, remove the pin and tamper seal. Next, use a vacuum cleaner to clear away any dry residue; using a rag may also help in difficult-to-reach places. Thirdly, inspect both the hose and nozzle for signs of damage such as denting or cracks before looking at your gauge to make sure that it still indicates “charged”.
Maintaining your fire extinguishers in good condition is the key to making sure they’re ready when needed. For optimal results, schedule regular inspections and maintenance as well as training staff how to fight and evacuate fire safely. Reach Out To Kauffman Co Now And Schedule Fire Extinguisher Training Today
Check the Cap
Modern cars are equipped with Evaporative Emission Control Systems that help mitigate smog-causing emissions by creating and monitoring an internal vacuum in their fuel tanks, then monitoring it using sensors. If any air leakage occurs in this system, an onboard computer will alert its owner that his or her gas cap needs replacing immediately; it should not be ignored; rather it should be seen as an important safety feature and be treated as such.
Unloose or damaged fuel caps can release fumes into the atmosphere and damage your engine, prompting the Check Fuel Cap light on your instrument panel to illuminate. If this message persists, contact a mechanic immediately so he/she can come inspect your gas cap and arrange an appointment time.
Fire extinguishers may become damaged over time in humid or corrosive environments, constant transfers and accidental bumps. Through its Compliance Analysis Programme (CAP), EU/EEA OMCL Network evaluates product samples randomly without regard for compliance status of specific manufacturers.
Check the Gauge
One of the key indicators of fire extinguisher performance is its pressure gauge. If it falls in the green zone, that indicates it has been pressurized to its maximum capacity and ready for use; otherwise if it drops into red territory this indicates low pressure needs recharging.
Older gauges used c-shaped Bourdon tubes that straightened under pressure and included a gear to turn the dial, while newer extinguishers use spiral gauges without this feature. Over time both types of gauges may become unreliable and must be replaced to remain effective.
Keep a sharp eye out for signs of physical damage such as dents and corrosion on the cylinder or outer metal components, the tamper seal is intact, and portable fire extinguishers with a hose positioned correctly so as to not restrict its use during an emergency situation.
Check the Hose
As a fundamental element of most facilities’ operations, hoses play an integral role in their success. Leaks from these hoses can pose risks to personnel at plants as well as contribute to higher operating costs and emissions. To ensure they’re performing at their optimal capacity, regular inspection and upkeep are crucial in keeping hoses functioning at their fullest potential.
Swagelok field engineers often observe incorrect installations of hoses that can result in various complications. One common misstep involves hanging it vertically from an end connection rather than horizontally; this setup causes more mechanical stress to be placed upon it and could eventually lead to premature wear and ruptures of its tube linings.
Dragging a hose over rough surfaces can also create issues, as dragging will cause its inner liner to separate from its jacket and become loose, leading to blocked nozzles or pumps which become inoperable. A physical inspection can detect delamination by reaching inside and pinching its interior; if easily pinched then this must be removed from service and condemned immediately. Control Fire System LTD offers an array of services when it comes to hose maintenance, from minor repairs to full replacement to ensure safer, more efficient operations for your facility.