Fire Sprinkler System Inspections
A fire can start small and quickly spread, turning into an inferno that’s tough to combat because of this, having a multi-tiered approach to fire protection is a good idea for all properties. This includes a smoke detection system, a professionally-installed fire sprinkler system, and strategically-placed, easily accessible fire extinguishers.
Fire Extinguisher 411
Simply having fire extinguishers on site isn’t enough, though: it’s important that people know when to use them and how to use them properly.
Fire extinguishers are appropriate when the fire in question is a small fire (such as one that’s started in a wastebasket). It should only be used if someone has called or is in the process of calling the fire department. Even if a fire extinguisher is being used, everyone should still exit the building for their safety. Never attempt to put out a fire with an extinguisher if the room is filling with smoke.
If it is safe to use an extinguisher to deal with a fire, the key to using it properly is remembering the word PASS.
Pulling the pin is the very first step. After making sure the nozzle is pointing away from you, it’s safe for you to release the locking mechanism on the handle.
Aim at the lowest part of the fire—right at the base.
Squeeze the lever handle very slowly. Try to squeeze it evenly.
Sweep the nozzle back and forth from side to side.
It’s important to be aware of what’s going on around you and know when it’s time to put down the extinguisher and make your escape. Your first priority in any fire emergency is to be sure that everyone—including yourself—gets out unharmed.
Keep Them in Working Order
In addition to keeping fire extinguishers on hand and ensuring that everyone knows how to use them, it’s important to hire a fire safety company such as Lumar Fire Protection Inc.in Hamilton and the surrounding areas to inspect and recharge your extinguishers. This is true even if your extinguishers have never been used.
When you have a professional inspection of your fire extinguishers, experts will visually check the gauges to be sure they’re working properly. They’ll also inspect the extinguisher cylinder for signs of corrosion or damage. They’ll take note of the dates on the inspection tag to make sure everything is up-to-date. A physical inspection will also include a check of the canister’s weight. The hose and seals will be inspected to ensure that they’re in good working order.
During an inspection, a fire protection company may recharge your fire extinguisher. There are several reasons an extinguisher may need a recharge. If it was discharged even a small amount in the event of a fire, you’ll want to ensure that it’s filled back up. Perhaps it was accidentally discharged while someone was toying with it. During testing, technicians may discharge a small amount to ensure that an extinguisher is functioning properly and that all of its gauges are reading correctly.
No matter the reason an extinguisher was discharged, it’s important to always make sure they’re 100% full. If you ever need to use one in a fire emergency, it’s imperative that the extinguisher you grab be fully charged and ready to go. Make it a habit to check all of the extinguishers on your property monthly. Look at the gauges to ensure that they read as being full. If any of them are showing low pressure, call the experts at Lumar Fire Protection Inc. at 905 855-9993 to come out and recharge them. The best protection against a fire is to be prepared!