Keeping your fire extinguishers properly charged or pressurized is a crucial part of owning a fire extinguisher. Otherwise, it may not work as intended when a fire emergency occurs. There are quite a few things that need to be considered regarding this matter, most of which will be outlined below. Some of these may be pretty obvious, but there are others which may not be so evident.
Accordingly, fire extinguishers that have been used needs to be recharged immediately. This is true even if the amount used was only minimal. The reason behind this is because even the smallest discharge can result in leakage. Eventually, this will cause the pressure to drop which in turn will negatively impact the effectiveness of the fire extinguisher.
Six and Twelve Years after Manufacturing
Some fire extinguishers can go up to more than a decade without being used. This can lead many people to forget about their fire extinguishers, and believe that it should still be in perfect working condition since it hasn’t been used yet. High quality fire extinguishers can go for years without being used and still be in tip top shape. However, it is still recommended that they be checked after six and twelve years after the date of manufacture. These dates will often be indicated on the fire extinguisher’s label; if not, you can check the manufacturing date manually compute for the dates.
Fire extinguishers also need to inspected and recharged if they show any signs of damage or deficiencies. These include low-pressure reading, broken or missing safety seals, corrosion, leakage, and others. There are some issues that may be difficult to detect at first glance (e.g. clogged nozzle) which is why having your fire extinguisher inspected regularly by a professional offering fire extinguisher service.
Fire extinguishers can be a great first line of defense against fire breakouts. It allows you to stop a small fire from getting bigger, and thus prevent a larger catastrophe from happening. However, this can only be true your fire extinguisher is in good working condition whenever you need it. That said, make it a point to have your fire extinguisher inspected and recharged regularly.
To ensure that your fire extinguisher is in good working condition and meets all the government requirements and standards, make sure that you have them inspected and recharged by professional fire protection companies like Prime Fire. We have the expertise and tools necessary to conduct inspections and provide proper maintenance services. Call us up at 1300 590 510 or leave a message in contact page for more information about our services.