How can we help?

Portable Fire Extinguishers checklist

The professional inspection solution

You can conduct this checklist for free on the Checkbuster platform. You can use a lap-top, PC or the free inspection App

General Requirements

  • All portable fire extinguishers are approved.
  • Portable fire extinguishers using carbon tetrachloride or chlorobromomethane are prohibited.
  • All the following portable fire extinguishers have been removed from service: • Soldered or riveted shell self-generating soda acid. • Self-generating foam • Gas cartridge water
  • Portable fire extinguishers are mounted, located, and identified so that they are readily accessible.
  • Portable fire extinguishers are fully charged, operable, and kept in their designated places at all times.
  • If fire extinguishers are enclosed in cabinets, access to the cabinet is unobstructed and the cabinet is clearly visible.
  • If fire extinguishers are enclosed in cabinets with opaque doors, doors are unlocked, and the cabinet contents are indicated on the outside.
  • When fire extinguishers are enclosed in locked cabinets and doors are equipped with approved visual identification clear glass panels, glass panes are easily broken. The door is capable of being opened when the glass panel is broken. The unlocking handle is painted red. The direction the handle must be pushed or pulled to open the door is indicated. The door is labeled Fire equipment: in case of fire, break glass and operate red handle.
  • When fire extinguishers are enclosed in locked cabinets and doors are completely glass, doors are labeled In case of fire, break glass.
  • Extinguishers are installed on the hangers or on the supplied brackets, mounted in cabinets, or set on shelves unless the extinguishers are of the wheeled type.
  • Extinguishers are installed where they are subject to physical damage protected from impact.

Training and Education

  • When employees are expected to use fire extinguishers, they have been trained in the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage fire fighting.
  • This training is given at the time of initial assignment and annually thereafter.

Selection and Distribution

  • At least one fire extinguisher is available in each laboratory, shop, or other career-technical room, and one fire extinguisher available for each 2,500 square feet of floor area.
  • Portable fire extinguishers are selected and distributed.

Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing

  • Portable fire extinguishers are inspected monthly.
  • Portable fire extinguishers are subjected to an annual maintenance check.
  • Each extinguisher does have a tag or label securely attached that indicates the month and year the inspection, maintenance, states that recharging was performed and identifies the person performing the service.
  • Records of the annual maintenance check are kept and retained for at least a year.
  • When portable fire extinguishers are removed for service, standby or spare units are temporarily installed of the same type and capacity.
  • Stored pressure dry chemical extinguishers that require a 12-year hydrostatic test are emptied and subjected to applicable maintenance procedures every 6 years.

Hydrostatic Testing

  • Extinguishers are hydrostatically tested.
  • Hydrostatic testing is performed by trained persons with suitable testing equipment and facilities.
  • Hydrostatic testing certification records are maintained that show the date of the test, the signature of the person who performed the test, and the serial number (or other identifier) of the fire extinguisher that was tested.