Fire extinguishers can save lives when properly placed and maintained.
Milledgeville has a local expert to help people stay up to date with in-house fire protection.
Baldwin County firefighter and licensed fire extinguisher technician Jeff Bloodworth started Central Georgia Fire Extinguishers in September.
Bloodworth began his career in 2005, after first joining the county fire rescue team.
His father used to work on the fire extinguishers when he retired. Bloodworth carried on the tradition.
“The first day I walked in the door I was put on fire extinguishers. I began doing it and saw a need for someone local doing the servicing,” he said. “It took almost five years for me to get my license through training and certifications. The work involved in the fire extinguishers isn’t manual labor, but it’s little things you have to look for because you have to ensure that fire extinguisher will work when needed.”
Fire extinguishers are required to be in commercial buildings for insurance and fire marshal regulations.
Each year these entities must past a state licensed inspection.
“Monthly, the fire extinguishers are supposed to be inspected by someone at the facility,” Bloodworth said. “They have to call for me to come in and help.”
To safeguard proper operation, the model’s needle must be in the green range and the hose shouldn’t show signs of damage, for example.
Sometimes the hoses get dry rotted or during the last point of inspection the unit might have been dropped.
The pressure gauge can often be inaccurate. Also, Bloodworth said a fire extinguisher must be in an ideal location.
Different business types demand different fire extinguishers to handle varying fire sources.
“You see that a lot. Companies will come in and open in a building and leave for something else to come in,” he said. “They may need more fire protection.”