Fire extinguishers are some of the most critical assets that you will ever have. That’s why it is so essential that you keep them well-maintained. It’s easy to think that you continue to rely on the same fire extinguishers you’ve held onto for ten years because never need to use them, or when you do, you only a small amount of the charge inside it. But fire extinguishers will eventually be overdue for a recharge.
Different Signs to Look Out For
- It was recently used: If you recently had to put out a fire, it’s time to recharge the extinguisher that you used. Having more than one fire extinguisher is always a good idea, even in a relatively small business. Using even a small amount of the pressurized charge can lead to leaking. Leaking will mean that the cylinder is no longer as pressurized as it was, and anything left inside the tank will not dispense as forcefully as you need it to; get ahead of the problem before your next emergency.
- Inspections revealed problems: When it comes to fire extinguishers, you mustn’t neglect regularly-scheduled inspections. These inspections can reveal problems with the fire extinguisher that you won’t be able to find during a quick visual check, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for already.
- Apparent problems: If the pressure readings are too low, then it is a sign that the fire extinguishers in question need some recharging. This also applies if you can’t read the operating instructions, or the seals are broken. In the case of tampering, you also need to recharge the fire extinguishers.
- Pressure gauge no longer functions: The pressure gauge stops working occasionally. This is a problem of a different caliber. Getting it fixed is the only way to tell if the unit is undercharged, overcharged, or within safe operational parameters.
Calling on Expert Help
It’s important to note that you cannot and should not attempt to recharge your current fire extinguishers by yourself. Leave that to the experts at Fireline instead. The technicians we employ have all the tools, training, and knowledge to do this safely without endangering themselves, the building, or anyone nearby when it happens. All of your fire extinguishers must be up to code based on NFPA standards, and having the right professionals handle your fire extinguishers means that you will also have peace of mind for your investment.
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and property from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our superb customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are located in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.