Although family homes, duplexes, and manufactured homes are not required by the Fire Code NFPA 1 to have fire extinguishers, it may still be a wise decision for every homeowner to invest in these fire-fighting equipment. Just like any structure, a home is also vulnerable to fire, and that lives and properties can be saved with the efficient use of fire extinguishers.
But most often than not, fire extinguishers in most homes are left in corners or may be hanged on walls without being checked once in a while. This should not be as when the right time comes to use them, they may not work the way we want them to. It is advised that all fire extinguishers should be inspected at least once a month. This way, you can be assured that your fire extinguishers are always in good shape.
Here are some tips to ensure that your fire extinguishers are always reliable for use.
Do Away With Blockages
Fire extinguishers should be in place in conspicuous areas where there are no obstructions. You should be able to access them easily. Remove blockages like hanged clothes and other objects that may obstruct sight and interfere with access during a fire emergency.
Check the Pressure Level
The pressure level should be at the recommended level at all times. When with a gauge, fire extinguishers should have their needles at the green zone. This means the pressure is not too low and not too high.
Inspect Parts of the Equipment
Check if there are obstructions on the nozzle and other parts. The pin and the tamper seal should still be in place. You should also inspect leaks and dents or other signs of wear and tear.
One month of not being checked will surely make your fire extinguishers dusty. Corrosive chemicals, gunk, oil, insect poop may land on the equipment. You have to wipe them off together with rust that may be starting to form.
Check Product Guidelines
You should first read the guidelines when you first bought your fire extinguishers. This means that you know what you will do during your monthly inspection. An example of which is that some brands may need to be shaken every month. In contrast, others may not.
Where to place your fire extinguishers should also be a big consideration to ensure you get to them when needed. You may need one near the door of your kitchen and on your room. This is because the kitchen is mostly the place where most fires start in the home because of grease fire. Fire may also happen during the night when you are sleeping, that’s why you have to place one in your room. You should also reserve one for your garage.