Fire Extinguisher Testing Services
Having fire extinguishers tested is the fastest and easiest way to ensure that you and your business are protected in the event of a fire.
Most fire incidents can be resolved using a fire extinguisher. Countless lives, not to mention properties, have been saved through the proper maintenance, testing, and use of a fire extinguisher.
Our team of professional technicians have the skills, experience, and equipment necessary to meet your fire extinguisher maintenance needs. We can also give you important information about the extinguishers and how to use them.
How Often Should A Fire Extinguisher Be Inspected NZ?
You should test fire extinguishers be inspected at least once per year
They are pressure tested and re-filled once every five years at the least
The tests should be recorded on the service tag attached to the fire extinguisher
Fire Equipment Testing Services
Proper fire extinguisher inspection is an essential part of fire safety. Our technicians can inspect and test extinguishers and re-fill them if needed.
While our fire protection equipment technicians can offer advice, they can’t alter official company policy in your workplace. As the owner or manager of a business, you should assess safety plans and testing practices to ensure that your plans comply with NZS 4503-2005.
Regular testing of fire extinguishers means that the fire safety equipment can be used without a problem during a fire. In addition, we offer checks and inspections to ensure you and your equipment comply with the relevant fire safety regulations.
Fire Extinguisher Inspection
Fire extinguishers can be found in public, commercial, and multi-occupancy residential buildings. These extinguishers must be tested and inspected regularly to ensure they work correctly.
The guidelines for the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire extinguishers are listed in New Zealand Standard 4503 Hand Operated Fire Fighting Equipment.
Fire Extinguisher Testing and Maintenance
New Zealand Standards say fire extinguishers should be tested regularly to ensure proper function. Here are some guidelines on proper fire extinguisher servicing.
You should test fire equipment at least once per year as stipulated in NZS 4503-2005. In addition, a local service provider should check and test fire extinguishers for accurate results.
Staff should carry out routine quick inspections to ensure that the extinguisher is still in good working order.
You want to ensure extinguishers are always in good working condition and ready for use. You can hire a professional fire company to perform the service.
Many fire extinguishers have chemicals in the canister. Heavy chemicals may settle down in the canister and disrupt the mixture of chemicals in the extinguisher. This, in turn, prevents the extinguisher from being able to put out fires properly. It would help if you gave your extinguishers a little shake once a month to keep the chemical mix healthy. Check to see if your extinguishers have a distorted chemical mixture.
Proper fire equipment placement should also be considered. Everyone in the building should have access to it. This is important because, without that access, there’s no point in even having an extinguisher.
Also, check the extinguisher’s body for dents, leaks, wear and tear, rust, and other issues. Finally, check the pins and seals of the extinguisher to ensure they aren’t broken.
Fire Extinguisher Testing Requirements
Fire extinguishers must be tested every 12 months. If the extinguisher doesn’t have a pressure gauge, it should also be weighed to verify it is still full. Extinguishers should be emptied out, pressure tested and re-filled every five years. Some extinguishers may also require period servicing every 3, 5, or 6 years.
The date and results of tests – as well as the interval between tests – should be marked on the PVC tag attached to the cylinder.
Outside of that, there is no need for any other work so long as visual inspections of the extinguisher show that the unit is in good work order. The only other time to take action would be if the unit is too light or the gauge indicates it is under pressure. Clients approve this extra work before being undertaken by our service inspectors. Fire extinguishers should always be re-filled between services, even if they are only slightly discharged.
Our Fire Extinguisher Service and Inspection Includes;
Visual inspection of extinguishers
Testing of extinguishers and maintenance dates
Visual inspection of pressure gauges
Inspecting tamper seals and safety pins on the unit
Removing discharge hoses and checking for continuity
Inspecting valve assemblies
Reviewing extinguisher placement, type, and size
Cleaning and re-hanging extinguishers
Applying certification tags to ensure compliance
Fire Extinguisher Service, Repair Work & Recharging
In addition to regular testing and inspections, your extinguishers might need repair work or recharging to continue functioning correctly. We come prepared to complete these tasks for you while performing on-site evaluations, so there is no downtime in ensuring your property’s extinguishers stay completely operational.