Have you had your fire extinguishers tested recently? Or maybe you have a business and need to prove your compliance with local safety laws?

Keeping records of all of your safety tests are important for many reasons.

How is the maintenance of a fire extinguisher recorded?

At Jim’s Fire Safety, we inspect and test extinguishers for organisations all around New Zealand. Our team have developed an exceptional data management and record system that ensures safety and consistency.

For more information about the record and management of fire extinguishers in businesses, take a look at the rest of our blog.

Why are maintenance records important?

There are two main reasons why the maintenance of a fire extinguisher needs to be recorded.

The first reason is safety.

The second reason is proof of compliance.

Records help us all track and identify which pieces of equipment are safe to use. It also helps you track who has checked your equipment and when they last did it.

You can use your records to prove that you are compliant with local workplace standards. This is important when the workplace inspector comes to visit. Alternatively, if an accident does occur, you will be able to prove that you did everything you could to minimise risk in your workplace.

It is important that you are able to access these records efficiently when you need to. That is why it is good to work with people who have a data management system.

How is the maintenance of a fire extinguisher recorded?

Records of maintenance are recorded in two different ways.

  1. A yellow service tag attached to the device
  2. A written report and logbook of results

Service Tags

The yellow service tag is really important when it comes to safety. The results and date of testing helps people identify whether the extinguisher has been verified as safe to use.

The yellow tag will also have information about who has completed the test. This means that you have an accountable party and a contact if there are any issues with your device.

The tag on the extinguisher should be updated every time someone inspects the device.

Fire Extinguisher Standards

The tag will also have details about which safety standard it was tested under. In New Zealand, we test and inspect extinguishers according to the AS/NZS 3670:2010 standard for the in-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment.

Logbook of Results

Every time your fire safety equipment is tested and tagged the results are recorded in a logbook. This logbook needs to have information about the standards your equipment was tested in accordance with, measurements related to the tests, a pass or fail result, and the date of testing.

A logbook of results will be provided to you and kept on file by the technicians who completed the tests.

This logbook is really helpful when you are tracking the timeline of your next round of testing. It also means you have an accurate document to prove your compliance with local testing standards.

The logbook is also helpful if you are unsure about the quality of your testing company. You can use the results to check that they are doing their job properly. For more information about fraudulent companies take a look at our other article.

Finding a Trustworthy Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Company

If you need a trustworthy technician, get in touch with Jim’s Fire Safety today.

We can give you more information about fire extinguisher testing frequencies, give you a quote, and manage fire safety for your business.

Call us now or fill in the online form for a quote