Do new fire extinguishers need to be inspected and tagged before they are mounted? Or is it fine that they are done at the next annual inspection at that site?
Depends on your ahj, and if regulated by anyone else, state feds, etc.
We allow them to be in place one year without a tag, need proof of purchase.
The problem with accepting the manufacturers tag is simply the fact that it is not dated. Hence, date of sale is no help since the extinguisher could have been sitting on a shelf in a warehouse for years. In Illinois the state requires dated tags annually. I always require new extinguishers be tagged and hung appropriately before approving.
There is a reference in NFPA 10 2013 Chapter 7, item 7.2.2 and item 220.127.116.11 listing items that should be checked before an extinguisher is put in place.
Many years ago some extinguishers left the manufacturer with no opening in the nozzle. It was discovered during a periodic maintenance which in time brought about the Annual Internal Maintenance in some jurisdictions.
During the past4 decades of extinguisher service I have encountered extinguishers out of its container ready for installation with a variety of items that required contact at that time with the manufacturer's quality controllers to help them locate and make corrections.
To list a few:
No testing/approval information on the information band. Shipment returned and replaced with those corrected.
Extinguishers received that did not match the description in the source guide for selection. Description showed an extinguisher with a pull pin type operation and a metal valve head. Received was a paper tape (tamper seal) holding the handle down, non metal valve head, and operation instructions on label for pull pin operation.
Extinguisher weight listed on label did not match weight of the entire pallet load. Pull pins bent just enough to disallow free pull.
Low pressure indicated on gauge on both dry chemical and clean agent extinguishers.
Extinguishers over a year old.
Class K extinguishers leaking due to horizontal shipping and/or storage.
Mislabeled extinguishers. Label indicated 20 pound capacity and ANSI/UL listed for 20 pound test results and listing. 5 pound capacity and an ANSI/UL listing for a 10 pound capacity. These were both encountered when both were a year past due for periodic internal maintenance.
Hose not attached to extinguisher, some already in/on brackets with tags, shipping containers already recycled.
Wrong type of pressure gauge. Label indicated service pressure of 195 psi, gauge 100 psi. And label indicating
100 psi gauge 195 psi.
No discernible date of manufacture on the extinguisher. Manufacturer contacted, and the non permanent rubber stamped code explained as to what the date was. Manufacturer was informed that the units were being tagged as condemned and could not be sold or serviced in our state. Manufacturer corrected situation with 1 1/2 two digit numbers embossed on the bottom of future items.
Low pressure indicated on gauges was traced to the pressurizing line being down for a 4 day weekend, pressurized when the assembly line reopened and just enough pressure applied for a momentary full indication on the gauges. New procedures instituted at the assembly line.
To me this indicates some of the reasons to perform an inspection at the time of receipt and installation.
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