This toolbox talk focuses on the common fire extinguisher issues. Fire extinguishers are designed to combat incipient stage fires and can be used as life-saving tools for escaping to safety during a fire emergency. However, their effectiveness in emergencies heavily depends on their proper functioning.
To ensure fire extinguishers are always prepared to be used effectively, it’s crucial to address common issues associated with them. By following the best practices outlined below, these problems can be mitigated, and the extinguishers can be maintained in optimal condition:
- Rust on bottle bottoms may lead to leaks and compromise integrity.
- Partial deployment can cause hose clogging, hindering functionality.
- Pressure loss is common after partial deployment, affecting effectiveness during emergencies.
- Seals and gaskets can deteriorate over prolonged non-use, leading to potential malfunctions.
- Exposing extinguishers to harsh elements can result in pressure loss and faulty operation.
- Regular maintenance and inspections are essential to prepare extinguishers for critical situations.
Best Practices for Fire Extinguisher Safety:
- Conduct pre-work inspections of fire extinguishers to ensure they are in proper working condition. Additionally, document monthly inspections for thorough record-keeping.
- Arrange for annual inspections and fire extinguishers serviced by a reputable third-party company to maintain their reliability and effectiveness.
- Store fire extinguisher bottles appropriately when not in use to protect their shells. Avoiding contact with wet and metal surfaces can help prevent rusting.
- Avoid storing fire extinguishers in extreme temperatures, as this can lead to pressure loss and compromise their functionality.
- Replace and recharge fire extinguishers that have been partially deployed before returning them to service, ensuring they are fully operational in emergencies.
- Always ensure safety pins are present and correctly in place to prevent accidental discharge and maintain the readiness of the fire extinguishers.
A registered company should do annual inspections & fire extinguisher services to maintain reliability and effectiveness.
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