As a business owner or manager, you will ideally want to review all the safety plans that include fire extinguisher testing practices, ensuring that you are in full compliance with AS1851 2012.
A good fire extinguisher testing Australian standards plan entails ensuring that your fire safety equipment is ready for use in the case of any fire incident or emergency. We provide checks and inspections that can be carried out to ensure that you comply with all fire safety regulations.
Fire extinguishers are installed in all commercial buildings (offices, retail stores, warehouses, factories, etc.), in public buildings (hospitals, schools, universities, theatres, etc.) and multi-occupancy residential buildings all need to be regularly inspected and tested.
The inspection is carried out by a certified service agent prior to testings. The visual inspection can reveal a lot of information as is almost 25% of the complete service. The trained eye of our service agent knows the signs of aging, tampering or prior use and a complete report will be submitted to include the visual aspect.
Actual testing of equipment will depend on its current service maintenance schedule as portable extinguishers will need to be discharged every 5 years while fire hose reels every 12 months. You should never discharge for testing a portable fire extinguisher if not required by its maintenance as it will now be required to be refilled, even if only a slight discharge was given.
Testing of equipment also encompasses the testing of parts to make sure they are in working order and Liberty Fire Services certified agents are trained in all areas of fire equipment testing. You are required to test your fire extinguishers, fire blankets and fire hose reels at least twice in a year as specified in the AS1851-2012.
Once all tests are complete the tagging (stamping) of compliance tag is done with the appropriate stamp according to its inspection schedule.
A detailed report is produced to the client with details of the inspection, location of item, ID of item, previous check details and current Pass or Fail checks and itemised reports for each inspected item with suggestions for improvements and noncompliance. Liberty Fire Services certified agents are not enforcers of the law and have no power to force change to your workplace.
All portable fire extinguishers must be spaced within 10 metres intervals and must be easily seen and assessable as the purpose of portable extinguishers is to be seen and accessed in case of a fire emergency. Fire extinguishers are subject with weather and environment conditions as an outside unit will suffer more than an inside unit. Extreme temperature environments, dusty areas, outside extinguishers, damp areas, or over-exposure to sunlight can increase the failure rate of fire extinguishers so additional inspections should be required.
Fire extinguishers, fire blankets and fire hose reels should be placed in easy access locations, along pathways or corridors, near exits and should have a 1 metre surrounding clearance free from obstruction. It should have clear signage and be visible from 20 metres.
All fire extinguishers should be maintained according to its scheduled maintenance place with is usually every 6 months. Liberty Fire Services keeps all records of inspections and can let you know when it’s time for your next scheduled maintenance test and tag service.