Published 13 Sep 2021
A fire extinguisher checklist is a tool used by safety officers and facility managers when conducting scheduled fire extinguisher inspections. Also called a fire extinguisher inspection form, it allows inspectors to record details about the fire extinguishers such as label and maintenance tags. Other observations could be documented as well such as the exact location and its current condition. Employers are required to provide fire extinguishers in the workplace and have it inspected every month. This lowers risks, prevents any issues, and injuries in the event that a fire extinguisher is needed. Follow all steps in the checklist for a thorough inspection and proper documentation.
Use this fire extinguisher inspection template when conducting monthly checks of fire extinguishers in the workplace. Comply with regulations and proactively catch issues concerning fire extinguishers before an actual incident happens. Use this fire extinguisher template to record:
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Fire extinguisher checklists help inspectors proactively identify signs of issues that may render extinguishers unfit for use in an actual emergency. Employers are required by law to have the portable fire extinguishers visually inspected monthly. Failure to comply can lead to penalties and puts the employees and the workplace in serious risk in the event of an incident.
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The following parts are checked and tasks are completed during monthly fire extinguisher inspections. These are done not only for compliance with the law but also because employers need to ensure that the extinguishers are going to work in case of a fire.
These 12 steps are found on this fire extinguisher checklist that can be downloaded for free.
Fire extinguisher inspection checklists help inspectors conduct and record their monthly and yearly checks with due diligence, preventing them from missing crucial points in checking if fire extinguishers are in good working condition. Here are what a checklist typically contains based on a monthly fire extinguisher inspection form:
Inspectors need to know and record the exact location of the extinguisher as well as the following—serial number, manufacture and expiry date, type, size, and rating of the fire extinguisher.
Does the extinguisher have a valid maintenance tag that is signed and dated? Is the extinguisher accessible and its safety pin is intact with the handle not bent or broken? Other information to note are—label should be clear, pressure gauge as at green, hoses in good condition, and if the extinguisher is full.
The inspector should sign and include the date on the fire extinguisher inspection checklist to confirm the completion of the inspection. Also, if applicable, sign the inspection tag of the fire extinguisher.
Crucial in maintaining the safety of the workplace and complying with regulations, regular fire extinguisher inspections need not be too tedious or time-consuming. Follow these 5 key steps in inspecting fire extinguishers and conduct your checks with efficiency.
Do a visual check and assess the visibility and accessibility of the fire extinguisher:
Pick up the fire extinguisher and check for physical defects or anything that your checklists instructs to look for such as:
The needle of the pressure gauge should be within the green zone. A needle in the left red zone means the fire extinguisher is undercharged while a needle in the right red zone means the cylinder is overcharged. Take care when handling pressure vessels such as fire extinguishers.
The inspection tag should be available and shows the signature and date/s when the fire extinguisher is inspected.
Summarize observations, record corrective actions, and sign the fire extinguisher inspection tag (if available) with your name/signature and date of inspection.
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It is crucial to maintaining the safety of the workplace and staying compliant with regulations to be consistent and diligent when conducting scheduled fire extinguisher inspections. iAuditor by SafetyCulture can help safety officers and inspectors ensure that all important points to be checked are looked into and that fire extinguisher inspections are done regularly. With the iAuditor app, you can:
This fire extinguisher inspection checklist is used to sufficiently do a fire extinguisher inspection in less than 3 minutes. Use this checklist to ensure compliance with fire safety regulations by checking that fire extinguishers are in good working order and up to code. You can download and, if you wish, customize this checklist according to your inspection needs.
Use this fire extinguisher inspection checklist to check the following about the fire extinguisher:
This annual fire extinguisher template can be used to determine if the equipment has undergone proper maintenance. It can be used by approved extinguisher servicing professionals to identify defects and whether remedial action is required. It records the date the inspection was performed by an authorized person and documents the last inspections conducted and conditions needed to be checked e.g. mechanical parts, agent and expelling means.
iAuditor can help you track the progress of equipment meeting the right maintenance standards by using our Online Analytics tool.
This fire extinguisher maintenance checklist is used to document two important processes after fire extinguisher maintenance: 1) Recharging and 2) Hydrostatic Testing. The interval of these procedures vary depending on what type of extinguisher is inspected (e.g. CO2 Fire Extinguishers are recharged every 5 years, while Water Extinguishers are recharged annually). This is conducted by a safety official from an authorized extinguisher company.
Fire extinguisher inspection checklists can be customized to fit your needs.
This fire door inspection template can be used to check the fire-rating and compliance of all fire doors in a building. Take photo evidence of non-compliant doors and use iAuditor’s annotation feature to reveal damages and regulation breaches. Complete the report by providing a digital signature.