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PDFWAC 296-307-34015

What are the requirements for inspection, maintenance and testing of portable fire extinguishers?

(1) You are responsible for the inspection, maintenance, and testing of all portable fire extinguishers in the workplace.
(2) You must visually inspect portable extinguishers or hose at least once a month.
(3) You must ensure that portable fire extinguishers receive an annual maintenance check. You must keep records of the maintenance dates for one year after the previous entry or the life of the shell, whichever comes first. You must provide us with a copy of the record if we ask for it.
(4) You must ensure that stored-pressure dry chemical extinguishers that require a twelve-year hydrostatic test are emptied and undergo applicable maintenance procedures every six years.
Dry chemical extinguishers with nonrefillable disposable containers are exempt from this requirement.
The six years begins when recharging or hydrostatic testing is performed.
(5) You must ensure that alternate equivalent protection is provided when portable fire extinguishers are removed from service for maintenance and recharging.
[WSR 97-09-013, recodified as § 296-307-34015, filed 4/7/97, effective 4/7/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040, [49.17.]050 and [49.17.]060. WSR 96-22-048, § 296-306A-34015, filed 10/31/96, effective 12/1/96.]
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