As of November 2012, the State of Alaska no longer issues Class I permits through the Division of Fire and Life Safety. Class I permits allow you to conduct inspections and non-invasive annual maintenance of portable fire extinguishers. The permit allows such things as weighing the unit, making sure the internal powder has not settled, inspecting tags, seals, hoses, and locking items.
The State of Alaska says "It is the responsibility of the employer to provide training and documentation to enable the employer's personnel to conduct a Class I inspection and non-invasive maintenance of portable fire extinguishers."
APEI is now offering a free Class I Fire Extinguisher Training Program for all members. This training program allows your employees to conduct annual non-invasive fire extinguisher inspections. It also gives you explanations of multiple OSHA requirements and NFPA standards.
Training your employees on conducting annual fire extinguisher inspections saves you money. The average cost for an extinguisher servicing company to conduct an annual inspection is $8 per extinguisher, which can add up fast. For some of our remote members, having to pay for a service company's travel costs can be very expensive.
For more information on APEI's Fire Extinguisher Training Program, contact Cole Cummins, your loss control manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org