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Portable Fire Extinguisher "Quick Checks"

NFPA 10, Portable Fire Extinguishers, explains in section 1-3 that a quick check simply determines whether the extinguisher is available for use and appears to be in working order.

“It is intended to give reasonable assurance that the fire extinguisher is fully charged and operable,” the code states.  The quick checks must be done every 30 days or so.

The following checklist you can use for your monthly extinguisher inspections:

    Is the extinguisher in the proper location?

    Is the extinguisher accessible and visible?

    Is the operating tag of the extinguisher facing out?

    Is the tamper seal of the extinguisher intact?

    Does the extinguisher feel full?  Use your best judgment by lifting the extinguisher

    Is the shell of the extinguisher in good condition with no obvious physical damage, corrosion or leakage?

    Is the stored pressure of the extinguisher within the allowable range?

    Is a hazardous material identification system label on the canister?

    Is the discharge nozzle free of clogging?

    Are the condition of the tires for wheeled extinguisher in good/operable condition?

“NO” to any of the above questions, there may be reason to do a more thorough inspection or remove the extinguisher from service.  If you remove the extinguisher, remember to immediately replace it with a properly working one.

Whoever conducts the quick checks must make records of the inspections (see section 4-3.4 in NFPA 10 for full details).  The record should include the date of the inspection, whether there were any deficiencies that require corrective actions, and the initials of the person performing the check.

Contact EH&S at (585) 275-3241 or e-mail EH&S Questions.

This page last updated 6/18/2012. Disclaimer.