1) CLEAN EXTINGUISHER – using degreasing solution.
2) VISUAL EXAMINATION – is performed on entire unit. Carefully inspecting for signs of dents, rust, corrosion, pitting or other shell damage.
3) CHECK PRESSURE GAUGE – to ensure that the extinguisher is fully pressurized.
4) LOCATE MOST RECENT TEST/MAINTENANCE DATE – to determine need for required hydrostatic or internal maintenance.
5) WEIGH EXTINGUISHER – to ensure correct amount of extinguishing agent.
6) REMOVE DISCHARGE HOSE – to inspect for signs of blockage.
7) REMOVE LOCKING PIN – to be sure locking pin can be easily removed in the event of an actual fire emergency.
8) CHECK HANDLE/LEVER – for smooth discharge operation.
9) INVERT/LOOSEN AGENT – lightly tapping the fire extinguisher using a rubber mallet ensures free flow of extinguisher agent when the fire extinguisher is operated.
10) RETURN EXTINGUISHER TO PROPER LOCATION
11) CHECK MOUNTING – to ensure fire extinguisher is installed securely on correct mounting hook/bracket.
12) CHECK HAZARD APPLICATION – to be sure that the fire extinguisher is the right type for the potential fire hazard.
13) ATTACH SERVICE TAG
This 13 point inspection is required for any/all fire extinguishers located in a non-residential building per code.