Fire extinguishers don’t last forever, and it’s vital to make sure that they’re always up-to-date and working effectively. Fire extinguishers can serve as the first line of defense against a fire in your business. If ever you should need a fire extinguisher, you want to be sure that it’s going to work when you need it the most. Read on to discover some more facts about fire extinguishers, especially as it relates to their expiration date.
How Many Years Does Fire Extinguishers Last?
This life-saving device is no longer usable when the chemicals within it lose their charge. Another qualifier is also when the pressure of the content has fallen. The precise shelf life ranges from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some extinguishers are rechargeable, while others require disposal. This factor, once again, depends on the manufacturer. The NFPA reports that rechargeable extinguishers need recharging every six years. They also state that disposable fire extinguishers need a replacement every 12 years. How do you know the difference between the two? Rechargeable fire extinguishers have a metalhead with a gauge that reads “charge/recharge.” Disposable extinguishers have a plastic head with a gauge that says “full/empty.”
How Do I Know if My Fire Extinguisher is in Excellent Shape?
You can do a few things each month to ensure functionality. Most of these life-saving devices will come with a pressure gauge that displays the pressure level of its internal contents. If the gauge falls too low (if it falls below the green line), then replacement is most likely a necessity. Most devices also have an inspection tag that will list the service history and maintenance of the device. If you see that the extinguisher hasn’t had any service in a while, then an inspection (and possibly a replacement) needs to happen. If there isn’t a pressure gauge at all or any loose or damaged parts, then you should call us in so that we can replace your device.
How Often Does My Fire Extinguishers Need Service?
Every year, an inspection is necessary. Hiring us ensures that your business will be safe from home if a fire were to happen. We want you to be fire inspection ready. Don’t let a simple fix put your business in jeopardy.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience in designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.