One common type of fire extinguisher is dry chemical. These chemical extinguishers are typically used for oil, grease, or electrical fires when a water based extinguisher would not help. Australian Standard AS-1851 applies to chemical fire extinguishers as well as other types of fire safety devices. AS-1851 contains regulations that stipulate maintenance procedures, inspection processes and schedules for fire safety equipment including chemical fire extinguishers.
Fire extinguisher systems that are regularly monitored and maintained will help your location to be protected in the event of a fire and minimize damage to persons or property.
Some of the items Chemical fire extinguishers require as part of these inspections in AS-1851 include:
- Inspections must be performed by a competent person who has training and knowledge of fire safety devices and maintenance regulations
- Exterior of the fire extinguisher should be examined to look for any dents, scratches or broken pieces that could have hindered the performance of the device
- Nozzle area must be carefully examined to look for leaking or any damage to the working components
- Chemical fire extinguishers can be hazardous if there are leaks or discharges that can be inhaled or exposed to skin – make sure caution is observed when inspecting and maintaining these devices
- Mounts and signage should be reviewed to make sure the device is securely and conspicuously mounted in the proper location
- Confirm that the appropriate type of fire extinguisher is located near the applicable fire risk.
- Pressure for the extinguisher should be at the recommended level based on the manufacturer label located on the device
- Extreme environmental conditions may require more frequent inspections. These conditions can include dust, dirt, Vibrations or humidity, extreme heat or cold and outdoor exposure to rain, wind or sunlight
- The inspections and any maintenance should be recorded on the label that is affixed to the fire extinguisher and noted in the inspection logs for reference purposes
To make sure your property is compliant with AS-1851 and is properly protected from fire emergencies contact the professionals at Fire Safe Services in Adelaide. The experts at Fire Safe Services can perform a complete risk assessment of your facility and property, help in updating your fire emergency evacuation plan, properly train your personnel for fire emergencies, and provide comprehensive inspection services of all types of fire devices including chemical fire extinguishers.