Fire extinguisher testing services
Fire extinguisher testing is one of the quickest and simplest ways of safeguarding you and your business when there is a fire incident.
Around 90% of fire incidents can be resolved by using a portable fire extinguisher. A countless number of lives and properties have been saved due to diligent maintenance and testing of a fire extinguisher.
Our professional service technicians are skilled and well equipped in your fire extinguisher testing and offer you valuable information about them.
How often does your fire extinguisher need to be inspected?
- All fire extinguishers have to be inspected at six monthly intervals.
- Fire extinguishers need to be pressure tested and refilled every 5 years.
- The tests and inspections are to be recorded on the label or metal tag attached to the unit.
Fire extinguisher safety laws and regulations
- All fire extinguisher testing is to be carried out by competent persons.
- Summary records of the testing must be supplied to you with the results of the testing service following each service.
- The supporting summary record shall be completed and shall include a register of the equipment on the premises, a statement of the service performed and details
of missing or defective items.
As a business owner that occupies a building in Australia, you are legally obligated to cover the safety requirements to protect of the occupants of the building in the event of a fire incident. Contact us for more information about the law of fire and safety in Australia.
We specialise in carrying out all fire extinguisher testing Brisbane in compliance with the Australian Standards (AS1851-2012) and the BCA to make sure that you, your staff and your properties remain safe.
Fire extinguisher testing services
Fire extinguisher testing is crucial to the fire safety plan of any building. Our fire extinguisher technicians can test and inspect the extinguisher and even refill them if needed.
Although fire extinguisher testing technicians can give you advice, they cannot change the guidelines that your workplace depends on for fire safety.
As a business owner or manager, you will ideally want to review all the safety plans that include fire extinguisher testing practices, ensuring that you are in full compliance with AS1851 2012.
A good fire extinguisher testing Australian standards plan entails ensuring that your fire safety equipment is ready for use in the case of any fire incident or emergency. We provide checks and inspections that can be carried out to ensure that you comply with all fire safety regulations.
Testing fire extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are installed in all commercial buildings (offices, retail stores, warehouses, factories, etc.), in public buildings (hospitals, schools, universities, theatres, etc.) and multi-occupancy residential buildings all need to be regularly inspected and tested.
The inspection, test and maintenance regime for fire extinguisher testing frequency is specified in the Australia Standard AS 1851 Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment.
Fire extinguisher testing and maintenance
You are required to test your fire extinguishers at different intervals as stipulated by the Australian Standard. Below are some guidelines to keep in mind for fire extinguisher testing.
You are expected to test your fire extinguishers at least twice in a year as specified in the AS1851-2012. Ensure that it is checked by an suitably licenced fire protection company.
Quick inspections should be routinely conducted by staff members to ensure it is in the right working condition.
You should ensure that your fire extinguisher is in its optimal working condition at all times. This can be done by ensuring that a professional fire company is invited to carry out maintenance and testing on your fire extinguishers.
Most types of chemical fire extinguisher contain a chemical housed inside the canister. Sometimes the heavier chemicals can settle down; distorting its uniform mixture and this can disturb its ability to put out fire efficiently. Thus it requires a shake every now and then – ideally once every month. You should check if this is the case for your fire extinguishers.
Ensure that the fire extinguisher is within reach of everybody in the building. This is crucial because if it isn’t accessible by everybody, you defeat the purpose of even having it in the first place.
Furthermore, check for dents, rusts, wear and tear and leaks. Inspect the pins and seals to verify that they are not broken.
Can your workplace environment impact fire extinguisher performance?
Fire extinguishers that are subjected to severe and harsh environments may need further maintenance, inspection and testing. For instance, conditions, where fire extinguishers are exposed to extreme temperatures, dust-filled area, overexposure to sunlight, vibration from machines amongst others, can increase the failure rate of fire extinguishers. Under these conditions, you want to ensure that your fire extinguishers are inspected more often.
Have the risks changed?
Initial fire extinguishers that were installed in your workplace may no longer be appropriate if the type of fire hazard in your workplace has changed. For instance, if you have more electrical controls or switchboard newly installed, then a Class E extinguisher should be installed and maintained.
In the case that flammable liquids have recently been introduced I the workplace, then a Class B extinguisher should be installed accordingly.
It is crucial that you review and access your workplace risks from time to time and update the fire extinguishers in your facility in accordance with the fire risks in your workplace.
Are all of your extinguishers mounted and installed correctly?
Periodic inspections of the cabinets, brackets or enclosures used for your fire extinguisher tagging will guarantee that they remain functional. They should be mounted sturdily to the wall or support to properly secure them, whilst also enabling the tags and titles on them to be easily read.
Be careful to not place fire extinguishers in a location that is either difficult to reach or would pose a risk for anybody trying to reach it. Where feasible, fire extinguishers should be ideally placed in regular walk paths and near exits of the building.
Does your equipment location meet visibility standards?
Fire extinguisher signage needs to be visible from a distance of up to 20 meters from where they are located in all directions.
Will your facility need additional fire extinguishers?
Review the location and placing of your fire extinguishers and decide if you need more in the area. If there is an expansion to any area, you would need to re-evaluate the situation and check to see if the workplace area still complies with the Australian Standard 2444.
If you have questions about fire extinguisher testing, you should contact a trained and professional fire extinguisher testing expert.
Do you need any kind of help with your fire extinguisher testing cost, location or compliance and safety checks? Feel free to get in touch with us.
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Fire Extinguisher Testing Requirements
All extinguishers have to be inspected at six monthly intervals and if they don’t have a pressure gauge, they may need to be weighed to check they are still full. Some extinguisher types may require additional tasks to be carried out annually. Extinguishers need to be emptied, pressure tested and refilled every five years. There may be other servicing requirements at 3, 5 or 6 years.
The tests and intervals are to be recorded on a label or metal tag attached to the unit.
No other work is required, provided that the visual inspection of the extinguisher shows that it is in a serviceable condition, unless the gauge indicates the unit is under pressure or the weight is too low. Any additional work needed must be approved by the client before being carried out. Extinguishers must, however, be refilled, even if only partially discharged, between the five year services.
The Aegis Safe 10 step fire extinguisher service program includes:
- Visual inspection of all fire extinguishers on site
- Fire extinguisher testing and fire extinguisher maintenance dates
- Weighing the fire extinguishers
- Visual inspection of the fire extinguisher pressure gauges
- Inspection of tamper seals and safety pull pins
- Removal of discharge hoses and check for continuity
- Inspection of the valve assemblies
- Cleaning and re-hanging all fire extinguishers
- Review of fire extinguisher placement, sizes and types
- New certification tags to keep you in compliance
We provide the required types of fire extinguisher testing:
- 6 monthly fire extinguisher testing schedule that consists of specific fire extinguisher checks listed above.
- 12 monthly fire extinguisher testing schedule that consists of the above procedures plus other specified functional checks required by Australian Standards.
- 5 yearly fire extinguisher testing schedule that consists of the 2 above procedures as well as other specified functional checks including pressure tests.
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Aegis Safe deliver affordable fire extinguisher services across Australia. Regardless of whether your project is large or small, simple or complex, our extinguisher service division has the expertise you need to install, service and maintain your fire protection system.
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