If you have used your fire extinguisher lately, you have two choices: replace it or recharge it. But how do you know which choice is right for your fire suppression equipment? Let’s take a look at how to tell which option is right for you.
Should You Replace?
As long as the shell of the extinguisher is not cracked or dented your fire extinguisher is good to go. But what are some other signs it is time for a new fire extinguisher? If you notice a rip, crack, or clog in your hose or nozzle, it is definitely time for a replacement. The last time you picked up the extinguisher, did the handle feel loose or “wobbly”? What the pin missing or broken? Is the outside of the extinguisher cracked or damaged? If you nodded your head for any of these questions, then it is definitely time to replace your extinguisher.
Should You Recharge It?
Any time your fire extinguisher is used, it is important to have it recharged. Fire extinguishers that are in good condition can last up to 12 years as long as they are in good condition. But did you know that even a fire extinguisher that hasn’t been used can lose its charge? Overtime, your commercial extinguisher slowly loses its charge. To help avoid to loss, have your extinguisher inspected once a year to ensure it is up to code and ready to deal with any emergency situation. You can tell your fire extinguisher is losing pressure by checking for several things. The first thing you should look at is the gauge. It should be in the “OK” zone if it still has charge left. If your fire extinguisher feels lighter than before, you should definitely have it recharged. For more information on purchasing a new fire extinguisher or having yours inspected and recharged, call Fireline today!
Recharge or Replace Your Fire Extinguishers with Fireline
At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems to keep commercial kitchens safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out. Our trained technicians will work with you to determine which air sampling smoke detection system is best for your business. We will also help install and maintain the system for your commercial building.