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Fire Extinguisher Inspection Checklist

Learn how to do a monthly fire extinguisher inspection in your workplace.

Departments must assign an individual to inspect monthly the extinguishers in or adjacent to the department's facilities.

Check these details during a monthly fire extinguisher inspection.

Fire extinguisher
  • Confirm the extinguisher is visible, unobstructed, and in its designated location.
  • Verify the locking pin is intact and the tamper seal is unbroken. Examine the extinguisher for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzle.
  • Confirm the pressure gauge or indicator is in the operable range or position, and lift the extinguisher to ensure it is still full.
  • Make sure the operating instructions on the nameplate are legible and facing outward.
  • Check the last professional service date on the tag. (A licensed fire extinguisher maintenance contractor must have inspected the extinguisher within the past 12 months.)
  • Initial and date the back of the tag.

Note: An A-B-C fire extinguisher can be used on most fires found in typical workspaces.

Report expired service tags and missing, damaged, or used extinguishers immediately.

If your extinguisher is missing or needs service, contact one of the following:

  • On campus:
    Facilities Management Service Referral Desk, (858) 534-2930
  • At UC San Diego Medical Center – Hillcrest:
    Facilities Engineering Help Desk, (619) 543-6454
  • At UC San Diego Medical Center – Thornton:
    Facilities Engineering Help Desk, (858) 657-6400
For more information, contact EH&S Fire & Life Safety, (858) 534-3659.