Additionally, it is important to account for regular inspections beforehand, and find an expert Ohio fire extinguisher inspection provider to schedule the necessary services in advance.
Fire Extinguisher Codes and Regulations
The underlying rules and regulations on fire extinguishers were laid out by the National Fire Protection Association in NFPA 10: Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers at the federal level. Besides abiding by this standard, business and commercial property owners in Columbus, Ohio also have to comply with the regulations set by the Chapter 1301:7-7-09 pertaining to Fire Protection Systems under the Ohio Fire Code, as part of the Ohio Administrative Code.
There are four categories of fire extinguisher inspection specified by both the federal and state codes:
- Monthly inspections
- Annual inspections
- Recharge inspections
- Hydrostatic testing (5 and 12-Year Testing)
As a rule of thumb, all inspections must be recorded on the certification tag. The certification tag is the main tag attached to a fire extinguisher, while other tags may be attached to the cylinder on the extinguisher or elsewhere. The number and types of tags depend on the exact inspection performed, and they can include Hydrotest Labels, Recharge Collars, and more.
It is crucial to bear in mind that the Ohio Fire Code explicitly states that all records should be kept on the premises for a minimum of 3 years. The Code also states that all fire safety systems must always be kept in operative condition. This entails that fire extinguisher repairs are prescribed by law, whenever a fire extinguisher is faulty.
Furthermore, an employer or property owner cannot remove a part of any fire equipment simply because they feel the part is unnecessary. Instead, they should ask for approval from the Ohio fire code official before the removal.
Monthly Visual InspectionVisual fire extinguisher inspection is the type of inspection done once a month. During this inspection, you have to determine the following:
- The location of all fire extinguishers – are they located in their designated places?
- Access and visibility – can the fire extinguishers be easily seen and accessed?
- Operating instructions – are they legible and facing forward on the nameplate?
- Safety seals and tamper indicators – are they in operative condition?
- Visible signs of physical damage, leakage or corrosion
- Pressure gauge reading and indicator – are they in operable range and position?
- Needle on the pressure gauge – is it in the green area?
Needless to say, all inspections have to be recorded on the certification tag hanging from the fire extinguisher.
If you are not confident that you can clearly identify the signs of fire extinguisher malfunctioning, the best thing to do is to hire a licensed Ohio fire extinguisher inspection company. If you perform the inspection yourself and notice anything unusual, such as the low pressure in the fire extinguisher, schedule an additional inspection immediately.
Yearly Annual Maintenance Check
Whereas it is common for property owners to perform monthly inspections themselves, yearly fire extinguisher checks require the expertise of a licensed Ohio fire extinguisher protection professional. Here is what yearly inspections include:
- Mechanical parts check-up
- Extinguishing & Fire-suppression agent check-up
- Expellant Means & Delivery system check-up
The Ohio Fire Code is rather strict when it comes to tampering with the fire safety equipment, as it explicitly states that it is unlawful to tamper or remove the parts ‘’except for the purpose of extinguishing fire, training purposes, recharging or making necessary repairs, or when approved by the fire code official’’. In addition to performing the inspection properly, a reliable fire extinguisher service provider in Columbus, Ohio will also accurately document the specifics of the inspection on the extinguisher’s tag, something that a layman may forget or otherwise fail to do correctly.
5 and 12-Year Hydrostatic Testing
During hydrostatic testing, a licensed professional should check if the pressure in the extinguisher’s cylinder is up to factory standards. Only hydrostatic testing facilities should perform this type of testing because they have the necessary equipment and servicing know-how.
After the performed hydrostatic testing, the results should be recorded on the fire extinguisher’s certification tag, and also on the Hydrostatic Label that is attached to the cylinder.
Unscheduled Fire Extinguisher Inspection & Recharging
You should schedule a fire extinguisher inspection as well as recharging every time the extinguisher was used. We already mentioned the importance of recording the inspection data, so the best way to ensure safety and compliance with the codes and regulations is to call in an expert fire extinguisher company in Columbus, Ohio.
Premier Fire Extinguisher Inspection Columbus, Ohio
Red Truck Fire & Safety Co. Company is a reputable Ohio fire protection company providing fire extinguisher inspection and other fire safety services in Ohio, including Franklin County, Columbus, as well as Montgomery County, Dayton and Hamilton County, Cincinnati. We are a member of NFPA® and NAFED, and as such are fully conversant with the local, state and federal requirements. We are here to make sure the fire extinguishers on your business or commercial premises, warehouses or buildings are up to code and safe to use. If you need our services, don’t hesitate to call (844) 875-1960 or request a quote online.