Safe operation and maintenance of fire extinguishers

The fire extinguisher is the basic element of every workplace equipment, not only where there is a risk of fire or explosion. Additionally, each employee must be obligatorily trained in health and safety rules regarding the operation of the fire extinguisher. However, if a fire extinguisher is really intended to protect workers, it should be properly maintained and used. 

Maintenance man at the fire extinguisher

Maintenance of fire extinguishers

According to the legal provisions on fire protection, a person who maintains handheld fire-fighting equipment and other fire-fighting devices does not need to have any specialist qualifications. Therefore, fire extinguisher maintenance can be performed by anyone, provided that he adheres to the national standards and the manufacturer's standards. 

Each fire extinguisher has individual information from the manufacturer on how and how often to carry out maintenance on the extinguisher. Depending on the type of fire extinguisher and its application, maintenance may need to be carried out more or less frequently. However, it is important to remember that maintenance of a fire extinguisher and fire equipment should be carried out at least once a year. This is very important because an unmaintained fire extinguisher and fire equipment creates a real danger and can lead to tragedy where it was intended to help. 

Powers on fire extinguishers

Although anyone can do fire extinguisher maintenance, many training centers offer special fire extinguisher certification courses. Such authorizations also allow the fire extinguisher to be repaired in places where possible damage may occur. It is very important to have a damaged fire extinguisher repaired by an appropriate company or a qualified professional. Attempts to repair firefighting equipment can not only damage it further, but also expose workers to fire hazards. If the fire extinguisher maintenance detects any defects, immediately contact an appropriate specialist who will be able to repair it. 

Fire extinguisher repair prices

The prices of repairing fire-fighting equipment depend on its type. Depending on the type of fire extinguisher to be repaired, the prices may start from PLN 10, with the upper limit being usually PLN 160. As can be seen, the price of a fire extinguisher repair is not high, and in return it guarantees safety for employees in the building. 

Operation of the fire extinguisher

Vehicle fire extinguisher

Most fire fighting equipment does not require specific training from users to use it in an emergency. Each fire extinguisher has individual instructions on how to use it. In addition, the safe operation of the fire extinguisher is very often one of the points of health and safety training. It is worth making sure that all employees are well acquainted with the operation of a fire extinguisher and what types of extinguishers are used to put out which fires. Such knowledge significantly increases the level of safety in the workplace. 

Fire extinguishers are a mandatory part of any building where people work. Lack of knowledge of how a fire extinguisher works or how to properly maintain it poses a real, serious risk to health and life. Therefore, in addition to taking care of proper maintenance and having repairs carried out by professionals, it is good to remember that everyone without exception should know how to carry out the operation of a fire extinguisher. 

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