In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about fire extinguisher maintenance.
Q: During a recent survey, we were cited for not having monthly inspections on our fire extinguishers during the month of the annual inspection. We have never run into this before. Doesn’t the annual service include and go beyond a monthly check?
A: Technically speaking, the annual maintenance does not include and go beyond the monthly inspection. There are differences between the monthly inspection and annual maintenance. The annual maintenance activities are entirely different from the monthly inspection activities. It is entirely possible that the person conducting the annual maintenance can also do the first monthly inspection, but that would have to be documented.