Having a fire extinguisher on site provides you with the ability to calm a fire before it burns out of control. These devices should only be used when there is limited risk to you and your team members. In the event you notice the fire when it is already roaring out of control, then it is safer to rather get out of the property to safety as quickly as possible as smoke inhalation is very real and can lead to serious effects moving forward.
The first benefit of fire extinguisher testing is that it provides much needed peace of mind. The testing should only be carried out by a reputable specialist company who has years of knowledge and experience in the industry. This ensures that the fire extinguisher is in the best working condition when you need it most, reducing the risk of it not working when a fire first breaks out, resulting in serious damage to your building moving forward.
Another benefit to fire extinguisher testing is that you are assured that the device is sitting at the risk pressure. This is something that should be inspected by your fire marshal on site on a regular basis to ensure that in the event you need to use the device, it is going to have the pressure to spray the fire with the chosen solution to reduce the flames, cool the fire and hopefully bring it under control, reducing any serious damage and saving you money in the long run.
Fire extinguisher testing should be carried out each year with a full service or replacement carried out every five years. With the annual test, the specialist will check the device is working property by checking the pressure, seals and ensuring the item hasn’t been tampered with. At the five year fire extinguisher testing, they will dispel the device, make sure it is working and refill it, so you can enjoy much needed peace of mind that your property will be safe in the event you catch any fire in the early stages and are able to bring it under control. textile testing equipment manufacturers
So many people are under the false impression that you can fight any fire with a fire extinguisher. These devices come with different solutions which can be used to fight different fires, but they are only to be used when the fire is in the early stages and still manageable. You will need to stand at least one metre from the fire and spray based on the training you have been given. This may be spraying directly at the base of the fire to cool it and bring it under control, or in the event it is a liquid fire, spray close to it allowing the foam to spread to cool the hot flames and control the fire until fire services arrive.
Having regular fire extinguisher testing will provide you and your team with the safety you need. Often a small fire can start from something simple and knowing how to use the fire extinguisher can eliminate the risk of your entire property bursting into flames, resulting in months of rebuilding and repairs, expensive insurance claims and loss of income.