Are You Looking For Expert Fire Equipment Services?
If so, then you have come to the right place. At Jim’s Test And Tag, ensuring safety at work and at home is our top priority. Our team of dedicated and thorough technicians has been inspecting equipment and delivering peace of mind to customers all over Australia for more than ten years. We have become the number one brand for inspecting and maintaining occupational health and safety. If you operate a business of any size, then you must provide adequate protection against an outbreak of fire in the form of fire extinguishers, fire blankets, smoke detectors or fire hose reels. However, it is not enough to have these pieces of safety equipment on display in your building; they must also be kept in proper working order to mitigate against the outbreak of fire. That is where we come in; our technicians can assess the conditions of your fire equipment and determine whether it is fit for purpose or should be refilled or replaced.
Good Fire Extinguisher Practice
The first, and possibly the most important, line of defence against a small fire is an extinguisher. Everyone hopes they will never see the day where they need to use an extinguisher to put out a fire, but if that day ever comes, it is vital that this piece of equipment is kept in working order. We advise practising good fire extinguisher maintenance such as:
- Checking fire extinguishers by eye on a monthly basis to ensure that they are in good working order. Make sure the bottle is not at risk of damage from day to day activities like denting from hallway or doorway foot traffic. In the event of a fire, it’s important that your on-site line of defence is fit for purpose.
- Keeping fire extinguishers in their designated place. If a fire breaks out an extinguisher should be easy to reach from its cradle or wall mount. It is also important that other people who share the same space are aware of where the nearest extinguisher can be found.
- Making sure you check the date the extinguisher was last inspected, this information is usually recorded on the extinguisher. This will indicate when you need to seek a professional fire equipment service.
- Checking the wall hanger and bracket to ensure they are secure enough to hold the extinguisher in the correct position.
- Examining the shell of the extinguisher for signs of damage, corrosion or any other types of impairments that could degrade the extinguisher.
- Carefully checking the hose and nozzle of the extinguisher for any problems or obstructions which might hinder the flow of the chemical.
The only way to make sure that all of your fire safety equipment is in proper working order is to have it checked and verified by a qualified professional like a Jim’s Test And Tag technician. All of our work is conducted in compliance with the Fire Standards from the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standard AS/NZS 1851.
The Importance Of Fire Equipment Inspection
Australian Standard AS1851 dictates that all portable and wheeled fire extinguishers need to be tested every 6 months and that all pressure testing and refills should be carried out at least once every 5 years.
There are a number of reasons why fire equipment must be checked regularly:
- Routine inspection of fire equipment best prepares you for a fire emergency and enables you to respond quickly in such an event. This helps reduce property damage, avoid injuries, and save lives. Each building carries some degree of fire risk.
- Inspecting fire equipment can identify risks that might have been overlooked, or highlight new risks that may have developed over time. For example; an electrical closet might be misused as a storage closet, which increases the risk of an electrical fire.
- Since there are different types of fires that can occur, there are different types of extinguishers to fight against them. Inspections are necessary to ensure that the correct extinguisher is in place to battle the most likely type of fire in a given area.
- Smoke alarms and other equipment may need to be updated or repaired. An inspection can help identify outdated equipment and improve fire safety.
- There are penalties for non-compliance with Australian Standards. It is important for your location to be fully compliant in order to avoid these penalties, which can include fines or imprisonment. A fire equipment inspection helps find areas that need to be brought into compliance.
After each successful inspection, we affix your equipment with a tag that details its condition and shows who tested it, when testing took place and when it should next be checked. All of our tags are custom printed so that the information will not degrade through wear and tear.
If You Need Something Done, Jim’s The One!
When it comes to fire safety, there is no acceptable reason to compromise on readiness. Investing in quality fire equipment services like Jim’s Test And Tag could be the difference between a small outbreak of fire that is easily brought under control or a terrible incident that causes widespread structural and human damage. Getting your equipment checked today is quick, easy, inexpensive and a potential lifesaver. More importantly, it affords you the utmost peace of mind that you and those under your care are safe in the unlikely event of a fire, and that is something you can’t put a price on. You can find testimonials from our many satisfied customers on our website which give a sense of the dedication and professionalism we bring to our work. While you are there why not get in touch with us for a free quote on your next safety inspection. There’s no obligation to book or buy; we’ll simply give you an unbeatable price and talk you through our process. If you have any queries or concerns then just let us know, we are always happy to help. So what are you waiting for? Give us a call and let us put your concerns to bed.