It’s not unusual to ask “How much does it cost to inspect a fire extinguisher?” but the question probably should be – “What is the cost if I don’t have my fire extinguisher inspected?”
It’s important to remember what is at stake if your fire extinguisher and other firefighting equipment is not in proper working order.
You don’t want to be flying blind when it comes to fire safety. There is too much at stake to be complacent about the safety of everyone at your workplace.
How often does a fire extinguisher need to be checked?
All types of portable fire extinguishers must be tested at least once a year in accordance with the NZS 4503:2005 standard.
The frequency of tests and inspections varies according to the nature of each business environment. Consult with a professional to make sure that you are meeting your fire safety requirements.
The variables include the classification ‘hostile’ environments and this is where any fire extinguishers need to be inspected at least once every 6 months. There are a number of factors that can make your environment qualify as ‘hostile’. That brings the need to either consult the standard or contact the professionals.
To ensure your fire equipment is functioning properly, talk to the team here at Jim’s Fire Safety.
The importance of fire extinguisher inspections
With fire safety and fire extinguisher use, there can be confusion and misunderstandings.
A common error is to have fire extinguishers that are not appropriate for the environment or the dangers of the workplace.
An example of this would be having the wrong extinguisher for use on either an electrical, oil or flammable gas fire.
Using the incorrect element to a particular fire can actually make the situation worse.
It makes sense to have a clear fire plan before you purchase and install any equipment. That’s where the services of experts in fire safety can save you money and time.
At Jim’s Fire Safety, we have seen too many premises where the fire extinguishers in place were unsuitable for the threats that we identified.
Don’ leave it up to yourself to work out which extinguishers are best for specific kinds of fires, when our professionals are ready to help you with expert advice and offer the very best in fire extinguisher inspection services.
The maintenance of fire extinguishers
While all portable and wheeled fire extinguishers need to be tested regularly, the pressure testing and refills of all types of fire extinguishers need to be carried out at least once every 5 years.
This includes fire extinguishers which use; dry chemical powder, foam, Co2, water, and wet chemical. If you’re unsure about which fire extinguisher you have available on your property, check the labelling or better yet, ask a professional team to look over the situation.
Rather than ask how much a fire extinguisher inspection costs, you need to ask if that inspection is carried out properly. The cost to your business in fines for not being fully compliant can be very high and there is the actual danger of costing someone their life.
Be proactive and use the professionals
There is no need to wait to have your fire equipment checked. If you are at all unsure of what fire safety capabilities your workplace has, then do something today.
It’s important to utilise a fully trained professional when it comes to fire extinguisher inspection service. They will be able to check every part of your fire safety equipment to ensure you and your team are fully protected.
You’re in the best of hands with Jim’s Fire Safety
The team at Jim’s Fire Safety can help make sure your workplace is fire ready with premium fire extinguisher safety testing.
Whether it’s Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Fire Hose Testing, Fire Blanket Inspection and more, the expert team in fire safety are here for you. No matter what type of fire protection equipment on your property, our team members have the knowledge and experience to make sure you’re always fire ready and compliant.
Our technicians are leaders in fire protection testing services for businesses and we cover the whole of New Zealand.
For more information about meeting your fire safety requirements, call us today or fill in the online form for a free quote.