Proper Fire Extinguisher Maintenance for Your Vaughan Business

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The fire extinguisher hanging on the wall of your Vaughan business will be useless if you don’t properly maintain it. There are steps you can take to help ensure that the fire extinguisher is properly functioning and ready in case of emergency.
 

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

 
As the owner of the business or property, it is your responsibility to ensure that the fire extinguishers are more than just decoration. A fire extinguisher makes a difference and can prevent a small fire from turning into a raging inferno.
 
It’s important to inspect every fire extinguisher in the building and on the grounds at least once a month. The fire extinguisher should be within reach for all employees. Check to ensure that it’s not too high on the wall or buried behind merchandise.
 
Use the monthly inspection to check if the right fire extinguisher is in the right place. For example, a water extinguisher cannot be used on electrical fires so you need to ensure that the right type of extinguisher is within reach of potentially flammable material.
 
Take the fire extinguisher down and check the pressure gauge. The needle should be in the green zone. If you notice that the needle has drifted into one of the red zones placed on either side of the green area, it’s time to repair or replace the fire extinguisher.
 
Many people don’t realize that a fire extinguisher needs to be inspected by a registered fire protection technician after six years and twelve years. You can check the manufacture date on the bottom of the canister. If it’s not there, check the label for a stamp from the manufacturer.
 
Needles in the red aren’t the only reason to replace a fire extinguisher. You should always do a visual check to see if the safety pin is in place. If the extinguisher’s canister has dents or deep scratches, you should also consider replacing it with another fire extinguisher.
 

Training

 
Even the best fire extinguisher cannot put out a fire without the right person behind it. Hold training sessions for all employees and give each a chance to hold the fire extinguisher. You may have a fire captain or employees more likely to be by the fire extinguisher in emergencies but everyone needs to know how to properly use different types of fire extinguishers on the premises.
 
During your fire safety meeting, also explain that different types of fires need different extinguishers. A multi-purpose fire extinguisher with dry powder can put out fires with most ordinary combustible materials, electrical equipment, and flammable liquids. Make sure your employees understand that using the wrong type of fire extinguisher can result in personal injury and a fire that may spread even faster. For example, using a fire extinguisher filled with pressurized water on electrical equipment could send an electric shock to the person holding the extinguisher that could cause the person to fall unconscious, risking further injury or death in a fire.
 
There’s more to fire prevention than just hanging a fire extinguisher in your Vaughan business. Regular fire extinguisher inspections and proper training can help ensure that your employees and Vaughan neighbours are safer during an emergency.

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