Inspect Your Fire Extinguishers

It’s easy to do, but often forgotten. OSHA regulations require employers to visually inspect each of their fire extinguishers once a month. This simple check can significantly reduce damages and even save lives in the event of a fire. Simply do the following:

  • Ensure the fire extinguishers are mounted in their proper place
  • Make sure nothing blocks access to the extinguisher
  • Check the pressure gauge to make sure it has a full charge
  • Make sure the holding pin in the handle is secure and intact
  • Make sure the hose/nozzle are free from cracks, tears, or obstructions
  • Make sure the extinguisher is not expired
  • Initial and date the back of the attached tag

These seven easy steps are so important and they only take a minute to complete.  Contact APEI or your local fire department for any questions on how to conduct these monthly inspections.