It’s common to practice seeing annual fire extinguisher maintenance as nothing more than another cost for a company. However, to be by the certification requirements of NFPA 10 is obligatory. The National Fire Protection Association’s NPFA 10 is a collection of principles that the state of Florida has approved. Fire safety specialists developed these standards with the National Fire Protection Association. It guarantees that portable fire extinguishers will function as intended when used as the initial line of defense against a fire that is of a restricted extent.
A good technician doesn’t just ensure that the fire extinguishers work, if you choose a maintenance contractor with the necessary accreditations; instead, they will look at all factors to ensure that your property is adequately protected in the event of a fire. Again, this is if you choose to work with a company with the necessary accreditations. Today’s post will discuss some of the benefits of routine fire extinguisher maintenance that are sometimes overlooked.
During an inspection, a fire extinguisher technician’s primary responsibility at your firm is to service all portable fire extinguishers in compliance with NPFA 10. Still in addition to that, they will analyze several other aspects of the equipment. In this context, “considering how newly relocated offices or equipment, new machinery, changes in particular processes, or the creation of new goods, among a great many other elements, modify how your facility has to be safeguarded” can refer to several different things. In addition, since the last inspection, your fire risk levels may have grown, remained the same, or reduced. Therefore, you must retain the services of a qualified contractor to avoid being unaware of some dangers, such as the ones listed above.
Ensure that the fire extinguisher equipment is in the right place and that there is no evidence of tampering with it.
If you choose a trustworthy contractor, they will check that all of your fire extinguishers are functioning correctly and placed in the appropriate locations. Make sure that the technicians employed by any maintenance firm you are considering hiring have had extensive training, are appropriately credentialed, and use NPFA 10 documents as a reference before making a hiring decision.
Because they are familiar with all the relevant federal and state requirements, technicians who work with fire extinguishers will be able to identify any problems with the escape routes and appropriate warning signs on your site. In addition, if there is a fire, your contractor will inform you of any alterations that need to be made to comply with government standards for clearly defined escape routes in case of an emergency.
According to NPFA 10, building owners must keep paperwork proving that fire extinguishers are serviced and inspected annually by state-licensed fire equipment dealers and state-permitted fire extinguisher inspectors. Because of this, your technician must fill out specific information on each fire extinguisher tag positioned within your business. Additionally, it is a requirement that any fire extinguishers serviced at your location be recorded with a serial number, location, type, and service conducted. This paperwork needs to be on-site with the equipment for inspection by your local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) (AHJ).
Are you having second thoughts about whether your building meets the requirements of the code and whether all the fire safety equipment is maintained correctly? If this is the case, you should contact the fire safety professionals at Brazas Fire as soon as possible. Call them at 505-889-8999 or fill out the company’s online contact form. The company’s skilled specialists will do an inspection and maintenance check on your property’s fire extinguishers, emergency lights, and exit signs, as well as present you with solutions that are both practical and cost-effective to address any problems that may be found.