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FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

Portable fire extinguishers are intended as a first line of defence to cope with fires of limited size. They are needed even if the property is equipped with automatic sprinklers, standpipe and hose, or other fixed fire protection equipment. Portable fire extinguishers are very effective against small fires - but only if equipment is properly placed, efficiently maintained, and used by trained individuals.

Levitt-Safety’s Mobile Maintenance fleet is factory-trained and ISO9001 certified so you can be confident that any work done to your extinguisher is done in a proper and highly skilled manner.

To guarantee the safety of your workers and facility as a whole, make sure that you are aware of how often your hand portable extinguisher needs to be repaired, replaced and/or maintained.

MONTHLY
  • An inspection or ‘quick check’ that a portable extinguisher is available for use and will operate properly is necessary. This is done by seeing that it is in its designated place, that it has not been actuated or tampered with, and that there is no obvious physical damage or condition to prevent operation.
  • The date of the inspection and initials of the qualified individual performing the inspection should be recorded on the extinguisher’s label or tag (NFPA 10).

ANNUALLY
  • Carry out maintenance procedures for fire extinguishers (NFPA 10) and manufacturer’s manuals.
  • The date of the inspection and initials of the qualified individual performing the inspection should be recorded on the extinguisher’s label or tag (NFPA 10).

EVERY FIVE YEARS 
  • Hydrostatic test of carbon dioxide, K-Guard® and water-type fire extinguishers (NFPA 10).

EVERY SIX YEARS
(Stored Pressure Dry Chemical Hand portable only) 
  • Stored pressure extinguishers that require a 12 year hydrostatic test shall be emptied and subjected to the applicable maintenance procedures.

EVERY TWELVE YEARS
(Stored Pressure and Cartridge Operated hand portables only) 
  • Conduct hydrostatic testing* of dry chemical and vaporizing liquid fire extinguishers as required (NFPA 10).
  • Do not attempt to hydro-test portable fire extinguishers without training, equipment, and proper regulatory certifications. Frequency is dependent on type and size of extinguisher – contact us for details.

 


 
NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION
ASSOCIATION (NFPA) STANDARD #10

NFPA 10 provides the most widely accepted rules for distribution and placement, maintenance, operation, inspection, testing, and recharging of portable fire extinguishers.
 
ISO 9001 Registered