Child Care Centres: Importance of Fire Extinguisher Testing and Inspection

Inspections are primarily done to keep track of the condition and performance of your fire extinguishers. The process determines if the installations are properly mounted, if there are signs of malfunction, if they show clear signs of replacement and whatnot. Professional electricians are hired to determine these dangers and fix them to prepare your center for fire incidents.

These fire safety inspections are necessary to determine underlying issues that may cause hazards, and electricians may recommend corrective action and control the possible risks of fire. Therefore, conducting a cohesive and regular inspection is a significant part of the fire extinguisher inspection requirements and management system.

Regular inspection and maintenance is important to ensure essential equipment is fully functional in case of an emergency and the inspection is required by law. Ensuring extinguishers may be operated properly is a crucial component of keeping child care centers protected from fire. That is the reason a range of basic regulations for fire extinguishers govern the appropriate placement, maintenance, installation, repair and operation of fire extinguishers. Child care centers should also ensure all their fire extinguishers have been pressure tested and refilled on the regular basis.

Fire Extinguisher Servicing Requirements

 

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  • Fire extinguisher testing interval is every 6 months.
  • First step of the testing procedure includes a visual inspection of all appropriate signage, the location and the physical access to the extinguisher as well as whether it is securely mounted.
  • The extinguisher, all affixed labels, the pressure gauge, safety pin, security tie as well as all other working parts are visually inspected.
  • Every extinguisher needs to be weighed to make sure there is no leakage and the extinguisher is full.
  • A pressure test needs to be done every 5 years, at this time the contents of the fire extinguisher are replaced.
  • After passing the required inspection, the service tag is punched with a number which refers to the level of service or inspection that has been performed on that date.
  • All details and results of the testing are inserted into the fire equipment report.

 

Hydrostatic Testing

 

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A tank will need hydrostatic testing when it shows signs of corrosion and mechanical injury. This type of process will test the strength and weakness of the vessel in order to stabilise the pressure needed when the tank is in function. Hydrostatic testing must be performed by a trained fire electrician after performing an internal examination of the shells and cylinders.

Well maintained fire equipment can help save lives and property. Fire extinguisher testing and Inspection can be carried out by our fully trained technicians. FCF Fire & Electrical Brisbane North can make sure all your equipment meets the standards for compliance. Call FCF Fire & Electrical Brisbane North today and allow us to help you with your child care centre’s fire protection equipment.

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