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Fire Hose & Extinguisher Maintenance

Fire Extinguishers are your first line of defense when a fire occurs. Every fire extinguisher should be properly selected, located, and serviced according to the various hazards present. At Sprouse Fire & Safety we have trained, knowledgeable, professional technicians to ensure your fire protection equipment is installed, serviced, and maintained to meet all national, provincial, and local fire codes. We supply quality fire equipment for all your commercial or residential needs.

Sprouse Fire & Safety follows the maintenance guidelines set by fire extinguisher manufacturers and the NFPA 10 Manual that regulates them.

Annual Maintenance Checklist in Accordance with NFPA 10: Must be performed by certified technicians
* CLEAN EXTINGUISHER
* VISUAL EXAMINATION - is performed on entire unit, carefully inspecting for signs of dents, rust, corrosion, pitting or other shell damage
* CHECK PRESSURE GAUGE - to insure that the unit is in the proper range and that it is the proper gauge
* CHECK FOR TEST & MAINTENANCE DATES - to determine need for hydrostatic test, 6 year internal maintenance or thorough shop check etc.
* WEIGH EXTINGUISHER - to insure correct amount of extinguishing agent
* REMOVE DISCHARGE HOSE / NOZZLE - to inspect for signs of blockage
* REMOVE PULL PIN - to insure that pin can be removed in the event of an actual fire emergency and install new tamper seal
* CHECK HANDLE / LEVER - to insure smooth operation (not bent)
* CHECK MOUNTING BRACKET - to insure that unit is mounted securely and with the proper bracket
* INSTALL OR RE-INSTALL UNITS - to ensure proper, permanent location of unit
* CHECK HAZARD APPLICATION - to be sure that the fire extinguisher is the proper one for the potential fire hazard
* RETURN EXTINGUISHER TO PROPER LOCATION
* ATTACH SERVICE TAG - filled out with all the proper information
* RECORD ALL INFORMATION ON DATA SHEETS

Monthly Inspection Checklist in Accordance with NFPA 10: Must be performed by owner or designated employee
* FIRE EXTINGUISHER LOCATED IN DESIGNATED PLACE
* NO OBSTRUCTION TO ACCESS OR VISIBILITY OF FIRE EXTINGUISHER
* PRESSURE GAUGE READING IN THE OPERABLE RANGE OR POSITION
* FULLNESS DETERMINED BY WEIGHING OR LIFTING OF THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER
* CONDITION OF THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER HOSE OR NOZZLE
(Inspections must be recorded on tag or label attached to the fire extinguisher)

Annual Service
Annual service is intended to give maximum assurance that the extinguisher will operate safely and effectively. It includes all points covered in our inspection, and any necessay repair, replacement and/or subsequent testing. A tag or label is securely fastened identifying the individual having performed the service.

6-Year Maintenance
Every 6 years, stored pressure extinguishers must be emptied and subjected to a full internal inspection and applicable maintenance procedures, including a thorough examination of all mechanical parts, extinguishing agent and expellent.

Hydrostatic Testing
A periodic test mandated by NFPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) requiring highly specialized test equipment to ensure the integrity of an extinguisher or cylinder at its listed operating pressure. Dry chemical, Halotron, and other clean agent extinguishers are to be hydrotested at 12 year intervals. High pressure carbon dioxide extinguishers are to be tested at 5 year intervals.

Fire Hose Maintenance
All in service hose designed for occupant use shall be removed and tested at intervals not exceeding 5 years after installation and every 3 years thereafter.

Fire Hose Maintenance Checklist In Accordance with NFPA 1962:
* YEARLY VISUAL INSPECTION ON HOSE - is performed. making sure taht the hose is properly hung in place
* VISUALLY INSPECT STANDPIPE VALVE for any sign of leakage or damage, and advise customer
* VISUALLY INSPECT NOZZLE - making certain that nozzles are in the closed position, inspect for cracks and visible signs of damage
* VISUALLY INSPECT RACK AND HANGERS - for any bent or broken racks or pins
* CHECK FOR TEST AND MAINTENANCE DATES - to determine need for hydrostatic test or other maintenance
* HYDROSTATIC TEST - when required, includes the following:
- unrack and remove hose
- place loaner hose
- hydrostatic test of hose, according to CODE requirements
- place hydrostatic test label based on pass and test procedures
- document test procedures
- refold fire hose to proper cabinet or rack specifications
- return and re-rack hose
- advise customer of deficiencies and take corrective action where required