Well-maintained fire extinguishers can last 20+ years, but not all extinguishers come with an expiration date. This is because it’s impossible to know how long each fire extinguisher will last, as maintenance is crucial for long-lasting fire equipment. Continue reading to learn how to tell when it’s time to replace your fire extinguisher.
Importance Of Maintenance
Routine maintenance can make the difference of fire extinguishers lasting 20 years rather than five. Inspections and tests save your extinguisher from experiencing damage, rust, and corrosion, allowing it to last much longer.
Hydrostatic testing is one of the most important tests, as the cylinder is emptied then filled with colored water, and brought up to a high pressure. If the shell, hose, and nozzle can withstand the pressure for a short period, the fire extinguisher passes the test. This test should be completed once every five years.
There are many maintenance requirements to ensure that your fire protection equipment lasts a long time, and is ready to be used in the event of an emergency. Monthly inspections include checking all fire extinguisher gauge to ensure they are holding a charge. Professional inspections should be scheduled every year, along with emptying and recharging all rechargeable extinguishers every ten years.
Signs It’s Time To Replace
If you don’t know how long your business has had its fire extinguisher, it’s important to inspect the equipment often to look for warning signs. If you notice any of the following signs, you know that it’s time to replace or service the extinguisher as soon as possible:
- Extinguisher can no longer be serviced in accordance with manufacturer’s maintenance manual
- Extinguisher was made by a company that is no longer in business
- Hose/nozzle is cracked or blocked with debris
- Locking pin on the handle is missing/unsealed
- Wobbly or broken handle
- No inspection sticker with a record of checkups and maintenance
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