An Invisible Benefit
Many people can walk in and out of rooms or an entire building without ever noticing the fire extinguishers placed on the walls or stored in plain sight. The building owner and the maintenance workers probably have a clear knowledge of where the fire extinguishers are and what condition they are in. If not, they can discover to their deepest dismay that their safety equipment is not up to performance when a serious situation arises. Not only does safety equipment like fire extinguishers prevent the long term issue of liability for building owners, but most importantly it prevents and reduces the tragedies and suffering that can affect lives for years. Monthly and yearly inspection of fire extinguishers simply makes sense. It is as important as any security system and as simple as any inspection of building maintenance. The difference is that fires can be quickly put out while still small rather than allowed to become serious conflagrations. There can be a little inconvenient smoke rather than the threat of smoke inhalation. There can be a brief interruption of work rather than a serious incident that stops work for days or weeks. Lives can be saved. Fire extinguishers remain on the wall, bright red and yet somehow invisible; their invaluable presence can make an essential difference for individuals and families.
Monthly fire extinguisher maintenance is a simple inspection that anyone with proper designation or required certification can perform. Yearly inspections should be done by a professional. Likewise, it pays to have regularly scheduled safety meetings where a variety of people can either practice using a fire extinguisher or at least have other training that suits their situation. Fire extinguishers are not placed on a wall to be completely ignored. Taking time to maintain them may pay off in a time of serious need.
Lastly, it's important to have a reliable fire alarm in your building in the case of a fire and if your building does have a fire alarm, it's important to get it inspected. If you need fire alarm inspectors or fire suppression system repair, contact the team at Jackson Associates today.