Fire Prevention Services

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Inspecting Your Extinguisher

Portable fire extinguishers should be inspected by a professional every year, and should receive a visual inspection on a monthly basis. Visual inspections are quick checks to ensure the extinguisher is fully charged and ready for use, and anyone can perform them. In fact, we encourage you to learn how to inspect your extinguisher by following the steps below, and to contact Fire Prevention Services if you notice problems with a campus extinguisher.

Locate the Extinguisher

The first step is to become familiar with the location and type of portable extinguishers available for use. To locate extinguishers on campus, determine whether they are stored via fire hose cabinets, fire extinguisher cabinets, or wall-mounted brackets. In off-campus facilities, establish whether extinguishers are kept in individual rooms, hallways, or even outside your home in common areas of your apartment complex.

Perform the Inspection

Once you locate the portable extinguishers in your area, the next step is learning the process of visual inspection. Visual inspections should include the following steps: