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What You Need To Know About Fire Extinguisher Inspections Chicago

By Lela Perkins

The law spells out three phases in which fire extinguisher inspections Chicago may be carried out. The first phase is done by monthly by you, the second is done by a professional annually and the third and final phase is called a hydro test and is done after 12 years. These checks are important so as to ensure that the condition is good to avoid failure at critical moments.

For you to carry out the monthly inspection, you do not require any special skills or tools. You just need to look at these extinguishers and perform a simple physical inspection. You just need to be aware of the things you need to check out and you are good to go.

The first thing you should ensure is that everybody in the building knows how to operate the extinguishers. You can conduct a simple training as well as ensure that the extinguisher you use is easy to operate. It should also have clear instructions accompanied by images on its body guiding people on how to use it. The instruction plate should be facing outward so that people can see it.

The next thing should be that the extinguishers are located in a place that is easy to see and access. This would be helpful in an emergency since people would automatically remember where they had seen and run to get it. You should also check that the signs that direct people to the fire extinguisher and emergency exits are in place and clearly visible.

The physical condition is what you should inspect next checking for flaws in the body as well as the nozzle. It should not show signs of cracking, rusting, dents or leaking. The seal should also not have been interfered with. The safety pin should be in place and not held together by things such as strings or tape.

The arrow on the pressure gauge of the fire master should also point towards the green area. This indicates that the gadget is fully charged with pressure ad that it can dispense its contents properly when it is activated. Should the arrow point anywhere else, you should check for any leakages. It could also happen when you have used the extinguisher previously. This is because the container is usually very well sealed so as to maintain the pressure for long periods of time even without use.

Because the extinguisher may stay in a still position for a long period of time, the chemicals that are used to put out the fire may cake at the bottom of the container. This would mean that the device would not operate properly when it is needed. You can mix up the chemicals again by turning it up and down a few times.

Once one year has passed, you need to carry out professional inspections. This is basically the same process that you do but the professional may spot things you missed. Additionally, they will be able to recharge the container if necessary and also fill in the tags as required by law.

The final process involves the hydro test after 12 years. This involves testing the body at a certain pressure to expose any cracks or weaknesses that might need attention. Fire extinguisher inspections Chicago are necessary for safety as well as ensuring compliance with the law.

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