Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 9: Administration

9.4 Records

9.4.1 Facility Records/Reports Availability of Reports on Inspections of Fire Protection Devices

A report of the inspection and maintenance of fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, or other fire prevention mechanisms should be available for review. The report should include the following information:

  1. Location of the fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, or other equipment;
  2. Date the inspection was performed and by whom;
  3. Condition of the equipment;
  4. Description of any service provided for the equipment.

Fire extinguishers should be inspected semi-annually. Smoke detectors should be inspected monthly. Carbon monoxide detectors should be checked monthly.

Inspections should be performed in compliance with local and/or state regulations.

A fire extinguisher may lose its effectiveness over time. It should work properly at any time in case it is needed to put out a small fire or to clear an escape path (1). Since chemicals tend to separate within the canister, maintenance instructions should be followed.

Smoke detectors are often powered by batteries and will need to be checked monthly to ensure they are in operating condition.

Caregivers/teachers can do the inspection themselves, since many fire extinguishers are equipped with gauges that can be read easily.
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RELATED STANDARDS Use of Fire Extinguishers Compliance with Fire Prevention Code Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  1. U.S. Fire Administration. Home fire prevention.