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Maintaining fire extinguishers isn’t a particularly difficult task but if you’ve got a lot of them to maintain or a large building, it can be a time-consuming task. Just when you’ve inspected each one for the month, it’s time to do it again!
This is why many companies either include this task with an employee’s main job responsibilities (usually a maintenance or utilities employee) or hire third a party vendor to maintain their fire extinguishers for them. Irrespective of who is performing these inspections, on occasion, it’s a good idea to audit the inspections being performed. Auditing the inspections allows you to do a couple of things.
For starters, it allows you to make sure the inspections are being conducted properly on each extinguisher and that items or entire units aren’t being missed.
Second, sometimes special tools are needed during the inspection process which requires the extinguishers to be removed from their location and returned later that day. Auditing allows you to make sure that extinguishers are returned to their proper locations. This is important when a facility uses different types of fire extinguishers based on the different hazard classes found within the building. The last thing you want is to put a water extinguisher into an area where there you might have an electrical fire!
Regardless, it’s always a good idea to have a check and balance for vendors or anyone else performing such an important task for your organization. If you’re looking for a good audit form to help you get started, look no further than our Fire Extinguisher Audit Checklist Form. With this form you’ll be able to track an entire year’s worth of inspections on one document.