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Fire Extinguisher training

Learn how to inspect fire extinguishers.

If you are currently cleaning kitchen exhaust hood systems, you can add fire extinguisher and fixed fire system inspections to increase your profits and give your business the competitive edge you have been looking for.

















How do I make money servicing fire extinguishers?

  1. Annual inspections

  2. New fire extinguishers sales

  3. Recharging fire extinguishers

  4. Required fire extinguisher maintenances

Fire extinguishers are a standard feature in many public buildings and private homes. One way to help ensure they will work properly when needed is to follow the federally-mandated inspection schedule. These inspections are supposed to be recorded on a hang tag attached to each fire extinguisher. In addition to a list of the inspections and the dates they were performed, the inspection tags typically include a description of the extinguisher, including the make and model number. Checking to ensure the tags are present and contain accurate, up-to-date information is an important element of most building safety inspections

Annual inspections are more thorough and must be done and certified by a professional, since annual maintenance must include an examination of the mechanical parts, the fire-suppression agent and the delivery system. The certification of these inspections must be recorded on the fire extinguisher tag, including the inspection date and the inspector's initials.

Starting a fire extinguisher business can prove to be a lucrative small business opportunity. This is especially true in areas where there are a lot of commercial and residential buildings. If you establish a loyal customer base you can also make money through services such as recharging fire extinguishers. Starting this type of business entails analyzing the competition, creating a business plan, obtaining the requisite licenses, finding a suitable location and attracting potential customers



















Hydrostatic materials inspections are required at varying intervals. Five-year inspections are required for all pressurized water, carbon dioxide and wet-chemical extinguishers, while dry-chemical extinguishers must be inspected every 12 years. These inspections use water or another fluid to pressurize the extinguisher cylinder to verify it still meets factory standards. Hydrostatic inspections must be carried out by professionals with particular training in handling the fire-extinguishing agents. They must recharge and seal the extinguisher as soon as the hydrostatic testing is done. Five-year and 12-year inspections are recorded on the hang tag and the permanently attached metal tag on the cylinder. Inspectors must note the date, their name and company affiliation, the fire extinguisher's pressure level and the extinguishing agent used.

Six-year maintenance inspections are much like the annual inspections. The main difference is that during the six-year inspections, stored-pressure fire extinguishers are emptied of contents. A licensed professional must examine the mechanics, outlet hose and delivery system, after which the extinguisher is refilled, re-pressurized and marked with a tamper-resistant seal. These six-year inspections must be recorded on the regular hang tag and on a separate metallic label attached to the body of the extinguisher. Notations must include the month and date of the inspection, as well as the inspector's name and company affiliation.

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