Wednesday, June 27, 2018

How to Know When to Update Your Fire Extinguisher

Whether at home, at work, or out and about in the community, we depend on fire extinguishers to keep us safe and protect us in the event of an unexpected fire. This makes fire extinguisher maintenance one of the most important things we can do to stay fire safe-day-to-day… but do you know when to replace your fire extinguisher?

A fire extinguisher that’s been well-maintained can last up to 20+ years, but that doesn’t mean that it will last that long. To make matters even more complicated, because it can be extremely difficult to know exactly how long a fire extinguisher may last, and as a result many fire extinguishers don’t come with an expiration date.

So how can you determine if it’s time to replace your fire extinguisher? Keep reading to find out:

Why Maintenance Matters

The easiest way to ensure that your fire extinguisher lasts as long as possible is to schedule regular inspections and tests from an experienced technician. Your technician is trained to identify any issues with your fire extinguisher, and maintenance can prevent your extinguisher from developing rust, becoming corroded, and becoming damaged.

Hydrostatic testing is one of the most important tests to be performed on your dry chemical fire extinguisher every 12 years. The cylinder is emptied, then filled with colored water and brought up to a high pressure in order to test the shell, hose, and nozzle. If these components can withstand the pressure for a short period of time, then your extinguisher is still safe to use.

Professional inspections should be scheduled on an annual basis, along with emptying and recharging all rechargeable extinguishers every six years.

Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Extinguisher

The first signal that it may be time to replace your fire extinguisher is asking yourself: “Do I know how long I’ve had my fire extinguisher?” If you don’t know, then it’s imperative that you call for an inspection as soon as possible to determine the quality of your extinguisher.

Additionally, if you notice any of the following warning signs, it’s a signal that your extinguisher needs to be serviced or replaced as soon as possible:

  • The extinguisher hose or nozzle is cracked or blocked with debris.
  • The handle is wobbly or broken.
  • The locking pin on the handle is missing/unsealed.
  • The extinguisher can’t be serviced in accordance with manufacturer’s maintenance manual.
  • The extinguisher was made by a company that is no longer in business.
  • There’s no inspection sticker with a record of checkups and maintenance on the extinguisher.

Bison Fire Protection is committed to keeping everyone in the prairie provinces safe. Contact us today by calling 866-441-3473 today to provide qualified and professional fire safety services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, and Regina.

Posted by Rob Read at 8:59 AM


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