The primary way to find a good quality fire extinguisher service is to research the options and know what is available at the local level. A few main points can serve as a guide to any residential or more often business owners searching for a service to contract with in compliance with state and local laws. Any proficient fire extinguisher service will offer mobile delivery services. These services should include retagging, recharging, installation, repair, inspection and maintenance tests. Businesses with same day service will be indicative of a good quality service since such a feature shows a dedication to the client base. It is a bonus if the service is open twenty-four hours a day, but most establishments will operate during regular business hours.
Fire extinguisher services will need to offer retagging for existing units. Retagging services are the primary way to keep businesses in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. There are two levels of tags for each extinguisher. Annual tags are placed on the model to ensure that it has been inspected at the proper intervals. Monthly safety tags are also equipped on extinguishers to ensure that they have not been tampered with or discharged during successive periods of time.
Ideally, service technicians will schedule appointments and coordinate with their clients to make routine stops to maintain these tags on a regular basis. During inspections, technicians will also go over a further checklist and recharge any out of date units. During fire extinguisher servicing a recharging option for all units should be standard. Recharging will be needed in the event that a unit was discharged, most often as a prank or false alarm, and proper state mandated processes for the recharge have to be followed. An onsite technician will be trained to follow state mandates and bring the extinguisher back into compliance with Federal law. If the unit was discharged, it will be necessary to reinsert the pin and follow a pressure checking methodology.
The other reason to recharge extinguishers would be expiration. Most states have a wide range for the time allowance of an extinguisher: five to fifteen years. The general rule states that if the gauge reads in the green zone, the unit is functional. However, a basic charge every second year is recommended by most fire prevention professionals. Even if units have never been discharged, a recharge is important. In the event of a fire, a well maintained extinguisher can save lives, and a properly trained campus maintenance technician can do the same.
A fire extinguishers service should cover installation guarantees and training for onsite technicians to properly install and use a campus unit. A full service experience will guide client employees on the basics of extinguisher box maintenance and installation. This training is important especially in offices and work sites where the daily production is transient. While no exact display regulations have been enacted in the United States for the overall distance between extinguisher units, general safety regulations suggest that a box be kept accessible at two corners of every floor in established locations. If traffic is lower in an area, boxes can be moved to make them more available for high-risk locations.
Servicing fire extinguishers incorporates three main components: repair, inspection and maintenance testing. All three items need to be directly managed by the service technician. In addition, the technician needs to teach the onsite maintenance crew to address basic care routines. Onsite techs need to be trained to inspect models for evidence of disrepair including dings and dents, low pressure gauges, faulty pins and clogged, blocked or plugged hose dispensers. If the inspection reveals any level of disrepair a servicing agency should have trained the location employees to address functional care procedures. Additionally, the service should be called and made aware of any unit in disrepair.
As a final consideration, services with same day, twenty-four hour operation options are desirable. Again, while they do not mandate an absolute adherence, the added peace of mind that any business owner or manager can have by knowing that safety techs are available when needed is worth making it a checklist item. Many start-up services will offer an around the clock emergency check up option for an extra cost, but companies that include it in the basic contract are preferred. Nevertheless, at the end of each workweek, the most important aspect is having fire extinguishers that work properly if need calls upon them.
The overall fire extinguisher service experience will be based on the quality of the work, how timely their efforts were, and how the interactions were with the technician who addressed the problem or installation procedures. When each aspect of the annual checklist is addressed and monthly visits by certified technicians are made, any business can boast of having a safe working environment. Since safety is a key factor to employee satisfaction, this benefits both the customer and the employer.
This information has provided a useful introduction to the issue, but it is important to follow all health and safety guidelines in your own locality fully.