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Inspection.
(a) Firefighting equipment shall be inspected
according to the following schedules:
(1) Fire extinguishers shall be inspected visually at least once a month to determine that they
 are fully charged and operable.
(2) At least once every twelve months, maintenance checks shall be made
of mechanical parts, the amount and condition of extinguishing agent and expellant, and the condition of the hose, nozzle, and vessel to determine
that the fire extinguishers will operate effectively.
(3) Fire extinguishers shall be hydrostatically tested according to Table
C-1 or a schedule based on the manufacturer's specifications to
determine the integrity of extinguishing agent vessels.
(4) Water pipes, valves, outlets, hydrants, and hoses that are part of the
 mine's firefighting system shall be visually inspected at least once ever
three months for damage or deterioration and use-tested at least once
every twelve months to determine that they remain functional.
(5) Fire suppression systems shall be inspected at least once every twelve months. An inspection schedule based on the manufacturer's specifications or the equivalent shall be established for individual components of a system
and followed to determine that the system remains functional. Surface fire suppression systems
are exempt from these inspection requirements if the systems are used solely for the protection
of property and no persons
would be affected by a fire.
(b) At the completion of each inspection or test required by this standard,
 the person making the inspection or test shall certify that the inspection
or test has been made and the date on which it was made. Certifications
of hydrostatic testing shall be retained until the fire extinguisher is
retested or permanently removed from service. Other certifications
 shall be retained for one year.
Table C-1 Hydrostatic Test Intervals for Fire Extinguishers

+-------------------------------------------------+----------+
| | Test |
| Extinguisher type | interval |
| | (years) |
+-------------------------------------------------+----------+
| Soda Acid.......................................| 5 |
| Cartridge-Operated Water and/or Antifreeze......| 5 |
| Stored-Pressure Water and/or Antifreeze.........| 5 |
| Wetting Agent...................................| 5 |
| Foam............................................| 5 |
| AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam)................| 5 |
| Loaded Stream...................................| 5 |
| Dry-Chemical with Stainless Steel Shells........| 5 |
| Carbon Dioxide..................................| 5 |
| Dry-Chemical, Stored Pressure, with Mild | |
| Steel Shells, Brazed Brass Shells, | |
| or Aluminum Shells.............................| 12 |
| Dry-Chemical, Cartridge or Cylinder | |
| Operated, with Mild Steel Shells...............| 12 |
| Bromotrifluoromethane Halon 1301................| 12 |
| Bromochlorodifluoromethane Halon 1211...........| 12 |
| Dry-Powder, Cartridge or Cylinder-Operated, | |
| with Mild Steel Shells1........................| 12 |
+-------------------------------------------------+----------+

1 Except for stainless steel and steel used for compressed gas
cylinders, all other steel shells are defined as "mild steel" shells.

EXPLANATION

We need to really watch close about where we put fire extinguishers and
 make sure that when we check a new one out of the warehouse that it is
put onto the monthly inspection route and assigned to a location in our tracking system with
Steve Edwards the warehouse should have this form
that you fill out when you check a new one out of the warehouse.

It seems to be the fire extinguishers that are forgotten are the ones that
 are used out on the temporary jobs and then left behind and not picked
up and put back so the monthly checks are missed. So if we see one out
around the areas and it just looks out of place please check it out and
make sure that it is on the inspection route and accounted for

As far as the record that this is happening the scan that is done each
 month is kept in the computer system for MSHA to view as needed.