Monthly fire extinguisher checks:
Monthly inspection of fire extinguishers shall be executed by the custodian assigned to each building/floor. They should check the following items:
- Location in designated place
- No obstruction to access or visibility
- Operating instructions on nameplate legible and facing outward
- Safety seals and tampers indicators not broken or missing
- Fullness determined by weighing or "lifting"
- Examination for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzle
- Pressure gauge reading or indicator in the operable range or position
- HMIS label in place, initial and date the inspection card found on each fire extinguisher
When an inspection of any fire estinguisher reveals a deficiency, HR and Facilities should be contacted and immediate corrective action will be taken.
Classifications of fires:
- Class A Fires - Fires in ordinary combustible materials, such as wood, cloth, paper, rubber andmany plastics.
- Class B Fires - Fires in flammable liquids, combustible liquids, petroleum greases, tars, oils, oil based paints, solvents, lacquers, alcohols and flammable gases.
- Class C Fires - Fires that involve energized electrical equipment.
- Class D Fires - Fires in combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, sodium,lithium and potassium.
- Class K Fires - Fires in cooking appliances that involve combustible cooking media (vegetable or animal oils).