Fire Testing Checklist

Use this Fire Testing Checklist for fire extinguisher inspections, maintenance, and testing procedures to ensure workplace safety standards are met.

Fire Testing Checklist



Frequency

1. Is the fire extinguisher inspected when initially placed in service, and thereafter at approximately 30-day intervals? Are they also inspected manually or by electronic means at more frequent intervals when circumstances require them?


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Procedures

1. Are these items checked during the periodic inspection of fire extinguishers? a. Is the location in a designated place? b. Are there no obstructions to access or visibility? c. Are the operating instructions on the nameplate legible and facing outward? d. Are the safety seals and tamper indicators not broken or missing? e. Is the fullness determined by weighing or "hefting"? f. Is there an examination for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzle? g. Is the pressure gauge reading or indicator in the operable range or position? h. Is the condition of tires, wheels, carriage, hose, and nozzle checked for wheeled units? i. Is the HMIS label in place?


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Inspection Record Keeping

1. Should personnel making inspections keep records of all fire extinguishers inspected, including those found to require corrective action?


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2. How often should the date of the inspection and the initials of the person performing the inspection be recorded (at least monthly)?


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3. Can the records be kept on a tag or label attached to the fire extinguisher, on an inspection checklist maintained on file, or in an electronic method that provides a permanent record?


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Maintenance - Frequency

1. Will fire extinguishers be subjected to maintenance at intervals of not more than one year at the time of hydrostatic test, or when specifically indicated by an inspection or electronic notification?


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2. Will stored-pressure types containing a loaded system agent be disassembled on an annual basis and subjected to complete maintenance?


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3. Is a conductivity test conducted annually on all carbon dioxide hose assemblies? Are they replaced if found to be nonconductive?


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4. Are pressure regulators provided with wheeled-type fire extinguishers tested for outlet static pressure?


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Maintenance - Procedures

1. Do they include a thorough examination of the three basic elements of a fire extinguisher: mechanical parts, extinguisher agent, and expelling means?


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2. Is an internal examination during annual maintenance required for non-rechargeable fire extinguishers, carbon dioxide fire extinguishers, or stored pressure fire extinguishers?


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Maintenance -Seals Or Tamper Indicators

1. What should be done with the tamper seal of rechargeable fire extinguishers at the time of maintenance, and what should be done after the applicable maintenance procedures are completed?


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Maintenance - Six-Year Maintenance

1. Are stored-pressure fire extinguishers that require a 12-year hydrostatic test emptied and subjected to the applicable maintenance procedures (Six-Year Maintenance) every six years?


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2. Is the removal of the agent only done using a listed halon closed recovery system?


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3. When does the 6-year requirement begin when the applicable maintenance procedures are performed during periodic recharging or hydrostatic testing?


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4. Are non-rechargeable fire extinguishers not hydrostatic tested removed from service at a maximum interval of 12 years from the date of manufacture?


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Maintenance - Maintenance Recordkeeping

1. Does each fire extinguisher have a tag or label securely attached that indicates the month and year the maintenance was performed and that identifies the person performing the search?


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Recharging - General

1. Are all rechargeable-type fire extinguishers recharged after any use or as indicated by an inspection or when performing maintenance


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2. After recharging, should a leak test be performed on stored-pressure and self-expelling types of fire extinguishers?


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Recharging - Frequency - Pump Tank

1. Are pump tank water and pump tank calcium chloride-based antifreeze types of fire extinguishers recharged with new chemicals or water, as applicable every 12 months?


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Recharging - Frequency - Wetting Agent

1. Will the agent stored-pressure wetting agent fire extinguishers be replaced annually? Will only the agent specified on the nameplate be used for recharging?


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Recharging - Frequency - AFFF And FFFP

1. Is the premixed agent in liquid charge-type AFFF (aqueous film-forming foam) and FFFP (film-forming fluoroprotein foam) fire extinguishers be replaced at least once every three years? Is the agent in solid charge-type AFFF fire extinguishers replaced once every 5 years?


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Recharging - Procedures - Recharge Agents

1. Are only those agents specified on the nameplate or agents proven to have equal chemical composition, physical characteristics, and fire extinguishing capabilities be used? Are agents listed specifically for use with that fire extinguisher considered to meet these requirements?


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2. Are pressure and flow rate in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions?


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Recharging - Procedures - Recharge Recordkeeping

1. Does each fire extinguisher have a tag or label securely attached that indicates the month and year recharging was performed and that identifies the person performing the service? Is a “Verification of Service” (maintenance or recharging) collar also attached to the extinguisher?


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2. Are liquefied gas, halogenated agents, and carbon dioxide extinguishers that have been recharged without valve removal not required to have a “Verification of Service” collar installed following recharge?


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3. Are cartridge and cylinder-operated extinguishers not required to have a “Verification of Service” collar installed?


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General

1. Will hydrostatic testing be performed by persons trained in pressure testing procedures and safeguards who have suitable testing equipment, facilities, and appropriate servicing manual(s) available?


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2. Will a hydrostatic test always include both an internal and external visual examination of the cylinder?


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3. Will Hydrostatic testing be conducted using water or some other non-compressible fluid as the test medium? Will air or other gasses not be used as the sole medium for pressure testing? Will all the air be vented prior to hydrostatic testing to prevent violent and dangerous failure of the cylinder?


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General - Examination Of Cylinder Condition

1. Where a fire extinguisher cylinder or shell has one or more of the following conditions, it shall not be hydrostatically tested, but will it be condemned or destroyed by the owner or at the owner’s direction? a. Repairs by soldering, welding, brazing, or use of patching compounds exist b. The cylinder threads are worn, corroded, broken, cracked, or nicked c. There is corrosion that has caused pitting, including pitting under a removable nameplate or name band assembly d. Where the fire extinguisher has been burned in a fire e. Where a calcium chloride type of extinguisher agent was used in a stainless steel fire extinguisher f. Where the shell is of copper or brass construction joined by soft solder or rivets g. Where the depth of a dent exceeds 1/10 of the greatest dimension of the dent if not in a weld, or exceeds ¼ in. (0.6 cm) if the dent includes a weld h. Where any local or general corrosion, cuts, gouges, or dings have removed more than 10 percent of the minimum cylinder wall thickness i. Where a fire extinguisher has been used for any purpose other than that of a fire extinguisher


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2. When a fire extinguisher cylinder, shell, or cartridge fails a hydrostatic pressure test or fails to pass a visual examination as specified in 5-1.4, will it be condemned or destroyed by the owner’s agent?


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3. Will a condemned cylinder not be repaired? Will no person remove or obliterate the “CONDEMNED” marking?


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Frequency

1. At intervals not exceeding those specified in the below table, will fire extinguishers be hydrostatically retested? Will the hydrostatic retest shall be conducted within the calendar year of the specified test interval? In no case will an extinguisher be recharged if it is beyond its specified retest date?


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2. Are nitrogen cylinders, argon cylinders, carbon dioxide cylinders, or cartridges used for inert gas storage that are used as an expellant for wheeled fire extinguishers and carbon dioxide extinguishers shall be hydrostatically tested every 5 years?


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3. Will a hydrostatic test be performed on fire extinguisher hose assemblies equipped with a shutoff nozzle at the end of the hose? Will the test interval be the same as specified for the fire extinguisher on which the hose is installed?


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Testing Procedures - General

1. The pressure in a hydrostatic test of a cylinder shall be maintained for a minimum of 30 seconds, but for no less time than is required for complete expansion of the cylinder and to complete the visual examination of the cylinder?


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2. Will all valves, internal parts, and hose assemblies be removed and the fire extinguisher emptied before testing?


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Recording Of Hydrostatic Tests

1. Will a permanent record be maintained for each cylinder tested?


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Recording Of Hydrostatic Tests - High Pressure Cylinders And Cartridges

1. Will cylinders or cartridges that pass the hydrostatic test be stamped with the retester’s identification number and the month and year of the retest per TC/DOT requirements? Note: It is important that the stamping be placed only on the shoulder, top head, neck, or footring (where provided) of the cylinder


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Recording Of Hydrostatic Tests - Hose Assemblies

1. Do hose assemblies that pass a hydrostatic test not require recording, labeling, or making?


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Recording Of Hydrostatic Tests - Low-Pressure Cylinders

1. Do fire extinguisher cylinders of the low-pressure type that pass a pressure hydrostatic test have the information recorded on a suitable metallic label or equally durable material with a minimum size of 2 in. x 3 1⁄2 in? Will the label be affixed by means of a heatless process? Will these labels be of the type that self-destructs when removal from a fire extinguisher shell is attempted?


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2. Will the following information be included on the label? a. Month and year the test was performed, indicated by a perforation, such as is done by a hand punch b. Test pressure used c. Name or initials of the person performing the test, and name of the agency performing the test


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