Below is a common question that business owners and employees that are in charge of fire safety ask. The answer to this question is to aid you in properly providing for your business’ fire protection through the understanding of your fire extinguishers.
Why Do I Need My Fire Extinguishers Inspected?
Your State and Local Fire Marshal Require It
Business of all types, throughout Texas, need their fire extinguishers inspected on a regular basis. State and Local Fire Marshal’s require extinguishers checked by a licensed company at least once per year. This yearly check is referred to as annual maintenance and differs from a monthly (or weekly) inspection in that it offers a thorough examination of the fire extinguisher.
Your Insurance Company or Another Organization Requires It
Some insurance companies require their customers to have them checked monthly, semi-annually or quarterly. Occupational Safety & Health Administration and other agencies such as the FCC, Texas Department of Transportation and The Railroad Commission of Texas also visit businesses to make sure they stay in compliance of federal regulations. Many businesses have one of their own employees, who would not be licensed or certified, check the extinguishers monthly. Usually that only entails checking the gauge and making sure it is where it should be.
The Value of a Your Fire Extinguisher Being Checked
Fire extinguishers have prevented many fires and that is why fire officials are very serious about making sure you get your extinguishers checked on a regular basis by a licensed and certified company. Neglecting to have your extinguishes serviced can end up costing you dearly as city inspectors will fine companies who neglect to have their extinguishers checked by qualified personnel.
Fire Shield Fire Protection, Inc. has been servicing thousands of satisfied customers throughout north Texas for over 30 years. We will keep detailed records of your extinguishers and notify you every time they are due for inspection or maintenance. Apartment complexes, Hotels, motels, Warehouses, office buildings, churches, retail stores, trucking companies, grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, manufacturing plants, shopping malls, car repair businesses, paint and body shops, hair salons, dentist and doctor offices are all examples of businesses that we have as satisfied customers.