Every business in Toronto is required to have working fire extinguishers on site. This is a requirement by the Ontario fire code. Failure to have a working fire extinguisher will not only attract hefty fines but will also put your business at risk. If you are familiar with the process of fire extinguisher refill, this article looks at the crucial facts you need to know.
Annual inspections are required
You might never get to use your fire extinguisher. This means you will not need to refill it every year. However, it is good to note that annual inspections of the fire extinguisher are mandated by law. Failing to comply with the Ontario fire code can lead to hefty fines and not to mention the fact that your business will not be as safe as it should be.
Don’t ignore the 6-year rule
With the majority of fire extinguishers, you will need to recharge or refill them once every 6 years. This is regardless of whether you have used them or not. For complete fire protection, you need to refill your fire extinguisher as soon as you use it. You should also not get it refilled by just anybody. You need a professional for this service. To get the fire extinguisher refilled properly, you need to find someone with a good reputation.
Pay attention to the pressure gauge
It is very easy to check if your fire extinguisher is in perfect working condition. You do this by checking the pressure gauge. The gauge is normally located at the top of the fire extinguisher. There will be a green and red section on the gauge. When the yellow gauge is in the green section, the extinguisher is in good condition. You need to recharge the extinguisher if it is in the red section. For the complete protection from fire, you need to check the gauge at least once every month. If your extinguisher doesn’t have a pressure gauge, it is outdated and you need to replace it with a new one that has the gauge.
Work with a professional
To save money, most people choose to refill the fire extinguisher on their own. This is not the best decision you can make. It is imperative that you always contact a professional for this service. You need an expert that guarantees each refill that they do so that you will have the peace of mind that goes with having fire extinguishers in perfect condition. We are ESA/ACP contractors with more than 30 years of experience in fire protection Toronto. We are committed to 100% customer satisfaction.
Training is a must
Last but not least, having working fire extinguishers is useless if nobody can effectively use them. Your staff needs to know the location of the fire extinguishers and should know how to use them.
At Steadfast Safety Services, we can provide you with anything you need for residential and commercial fire safety. We can provide fire extinguisher refills, inspections and supply any type of fire extinguisher that you may need. Give us a call today to learn more.