Initiating your Fire Equipment Inventory
When taking a new client on board, or a new building, an important task is to confirm the Fire Equipment inventory provided by the Facility Manager. Where this list doesn’t exist, a discovery exercise is required. Some times the client looks for us to identify what they should have.
Last week we conducted such a discovery investigation. This included the deliberately very visible fire fighting equipment; in particular fire extinguishers, fire hose reels and fire hydrants. As part of the process we also effectively conducted the standard 6 monthly check of these items
So what are the first things to check?
Is there a piece of equipment present? what is its location? Is there an easy to see location sign? Is it easy to keep clear access to the item?
For a fire extinguisher – Is there an adjacent sign indicating contents? Does it match the contents of the extinguisher? Is the extinguisher (sometimes known as a ‘can’) securely mounted? What weight of contents is nominated?
Further checks for the fire extinguisher – Is the pressure gauge present , in reasonable looking condition, indicating an acceptable (green range) pressure? Is the easily-removable lock pin in position and easy to remove (check without removing)
Is the yellow, metal tag attached to record AS1851 inspections? Is the inspection stamp date within the last 6 months?
Are there sufficient pieces of equipment, and of the appropriate type and capacity, to comply with AS standards, and to tackle a fire in the particular facility your looking at?
In one sad case we found the fire extinguisher locations sign, along with a fire blanket sign, in a space now used for storage and definitely devoid of either of the items indicated – they will have to be removed.
How can we help you?
Call us 1300 134 971 for your 6 monthly fire equipment checks, or invite us along for a voyage of discovery in your premises and get with the program.
See our other blog on hydrant boost testing.