You work hard to ensure your Maryland business is safe from fire. This signifies you have portable fire extinguishers installed in all the correct places around your building. But what about when your fire extinguishers reach the end of their lifespan? Do you know what you must do with an expired fire extinguisher? Learn more here.
Lifespan of a Fire Extinguisher
How long does a portable fire extinguisher last? With proper maintenance, fire extinguishers should last around 12 years. At this age, your extinguishers will require hydrostatic testing to determine the outer shell’s integrity. If it passes the exam, you can recharge the extinguisher and continue using it for more years.
When to Replace Your Commercial Extinguisher
To avoid an expired fire extinguisher, you should replace disposable fire extinguishers (non-rechargeable) every 12 years. In contrast, dispose of rechargeable extinguishers if they display any of the following problems:
- Cracked or clogged nozzle
- Missing or broken pin
- Damaged outer shell
- Failed hydrostatic test
- Slow loss of pressure despite not being used constantly
- Wobbly or broken handle
- Missing inspection tag
What to Complete with an Expired Fire Extinguisher
Sometimes, specific components may be fixable, especially if the fire extinguisher is new. If you are uncertain whether to replace or repair an extinguisher with damages, call Judd Fire Protection at 410-871-3480 for an inspection. Our expert team will provide professional advice depending on our discovery.
If it turns out you have an expired fire extinguisher, you will need to replace it. Also, you can’t throw it away because it’s hazardous. After all, high-pressure chemicals can be dangerous if you or anyone else mishandles them. Here’s what to do with an expired fire extinguisher:
- If your business has a partially or fully charged fire extinguisher, contact your fire department to determine if they accept drop-offs. If not, take the canister to a hazardous disposal facility.
- In addition, if your fire extinguisher is empty, squeeze the lever to ensure no pressure is inside. In addition, eliminate the extinguisher head to make it evident that it isn’t charged. Then, reach out to a local recycling facility to ask about dropping off the steel canister.
Overall, our fire safety experts can recharge existing units and supply new extinguishers when needed.
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 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.