What Inspections Do my Portable Fire Extinguishers Require?
BC Fire Code Section 6.2 and NFPA 10 require periodic testing of portable fire extinguishers throughout the year. These include:
- Confirm the fire extinguisher is installed in the designated location, is correctly mounted and is not obstructed.
- The operating instructions affixed to the fire extinguisher are legible and facing outwards.
- Tamper seals are not broken or missing.
- Confirm the pressure gauge is in the normal range.
- Ensure ‘fullness’ of extinguisher. (Determine by hefting or weighing).
- Ensure there is no physical damage and that the hose or nozzle is not clogged.
- Empty and refill any stored pressure fire extinguishers.
- Carry out a conductivity test on all carbon dioxide fire extinguishers.
- Every five years, CO2 and wet chemical fire extinguishers require hydrostatic testing.
- Every six years, dry chemical extinguishers require recharging.
- Every twelve years, dry chemical fire extinguishers require hydrostatic testing.