Regular / Monthly Inspection of Portable Fire Equipment

WE get ASKED Quite A LOT on the SITUATION with REGULAR INSPECTions on PoRTABLE Fire Equipment this is something we can carry out for our customers or if you wish to undertake yourself here are the requirements under IS:291-2015

IS291: 2015 Inspection and Maintenance of PFEs (Portable Fire Extinguishers)

8.1 Frequency of Inspection

All PFEs shall be subjected to a visual examination in accordance with this Clause to ensure that they are available for use if needed. Inspection intervals shall be no greater than monthly. Subject to a risk assessment and/or legislative/regulatory requirements, it may be considered that such inspection should take place more frequently.

8.2 Person responsible

The responsible person, having control over fire safety provisions as defined in this Standard, shall be responsible for ensuring that PFEs are visually inspected according to this Standard. This person can nominate another to carry out the visual inspection e.g. their agent, an internal/external contractor appointed by them such as the supplier of the PFEs, a competent PFE maintenance agent etc.

8.3 Procedure for inspection of PFEs

Installed PFEs shall be visually inspected regularly and the following checked as a minimum;

  1. a) each PFE is in its designated location, outward facing and is correctly and suitably wall mounted or on a suitable stand/in a suitable cabinet,
  2. b) access to and visibility of each PFE is not obstructed,
  3. c) seal, tamper or a used indicator are not broken, missing or activated,
  4. d) any seal can be easily removed if required and will not interfere with the operation of any PFE in an emergency,
  5. e) readings of pressure gauges, where fitted, are in the operable range/position,
  6. f) there is no visible damage to the PFE,
  7. g) the PFE has no obvious defects such as a visually clogged nozzle, corrosion, leakage, a loose or damaged hose etc.,
  8. h) where fitted, the discharge hose/horn is properly secured,
  9. i) the operating instructions of each PFE are clear, legible and outward facing,
  10. j) the service label/record is correctly attached to the PFE
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